Weekend Update: Hellhole Gravel Grind, Old Village Harbor 5k, Sweet Tea 10k

It’s been a month since we had a big race weekend but as usual once we did- it was a big one! Check it out!

Hellhole Gravel Grind

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This is one of my favorite races of the year! The Hellhole Gravel Grind is a one and two day ride and race for all levels of off-road riding. The most exciting part of this year was how many of my athletes came out of their comfort zone and raced it.  wu6

 

 

Darrell is my most experienced gravel athlete and he stepped up and did the 2-day stage race.  Yes, that’s 2 days of 75 miles of gravel- which equaled more than 10 hours of riding of the course of the weekend.  He did great and he’s probably already excited about next year!

 

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Melissa raced the 45 miler last year and progressed to the 1 day 75 miler this year.  She loved it and I am expecting her to take Darrell’s lead and do the stage race next year.

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Sarah finished as fastest female in the 45 mile ride.   Brian and Robin also did the 45 miler and had a wonderful time.  Both of them were on mountain bikes and Robin already has a gravel bike on it’s way.  I expect Brian to follow suit.

Steve and Scotty smashed the 45 miler on their new gravel bikes that they received literally  the night before. I don’t usually recommending racing on a bike you’ve never ridden but, hey, sometimes that’s just the way it goes.

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Next year our team will have even a bigger showing as more and more of my athletes want to get out there. If you are looking to try new things I highly recommend riding off-road.  I mean, look how dirty you get.  How can that not be fun??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Village Harbor 5k

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Joelle is FINALLY bouncing back from months of injuries and various weird mishaps and had a GREAT 5k- placing 2nd in her AG. She has worked so hard to get back to where she was and we are almost there- and will then blow past it.

Dawn is also killing it! We have been working really hard on getting her 5k time down and she is exceeding my expectations.  I’m seeing sub-9 min miles in her near future.  I am so happy for her.

Missy just happened to be running by during her 18 mile training run (Kiawah is in a few weeks!) and stopped to congratulate her teammates and grab a picture.

 

 

Sweet Tea 10k

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Last but not least is Sam- our newest team member.  He crushed the Sweat Tea 10k- coming in 4th overall male.  We have only been working together a few weeks and I am looking forward to helping get him faster and stronger.  On another note, when he sent me the race photo I asked for I knew he was a perfect fit for us.  Welcome, Sam!

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