With the kids on mid winter break and family down in Georgia, no other excuse was needed to head out and participate in the 2011 edition of Southern Cross. What was supposed to be a junior race for Mason, with her grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles being able to come out and support/watch her, turned out to be something different altogether. We got an email from the promoter stating that the 30 minute junior race was cancelled due to lack of participants. They were kind enough to offer Mason an upgrade to the 'Citizen Race' - a toned down version of the full 50 mile cross race. So after a few emails back and forth with the promoter, it was decided that I would chaperon Mason on the 30 mile course. So we went from a 30 minute race to a 30 mile race!
|Just before heading to the start line - all Smiles!|
We ended up getting a little turned around heading out to the race, but stopped in town at the local coffee shop and actually ran into a guy who worked at the winery where the race was being held. He pointed us in the right direction and off we went. We definitely cut it a lot closer than I normally like to, but it took us about 30 minutes longer to reach the venue than I thought. With a quick walk through the registration line, we got ready, rode up the hill to the start and were greeted with the following.
|There were a couple hundred starters|
Yeah, there were a lot of starters at the race. Mason rolled into place without me while I took a few pictures. I then took my place next to her in order to 'chaperon' her on the ride. She is like an old pro on the line. As soon as the first wave (50 milers) went off, Mason eased her way right up to the front of the group.
|Ready to CLIMB|
|Started on the road...|
|Quickly turned to dirt - and warmed up!|
|Heading up the road|
|This looks deceptively flat in the picture|
|It must not have been too bad - all SMILES again!|