The Challenge is good and truly dead. Even its spirit has given up the ghost. That is if Sunday's race at Falcon was any indication. Racers representing either FGBC or RRR totaled exactly one. Yes, the heady days of the challenge were good times. Who knew they'd be a one-hit wonder?
The race itself was very enjoyable. The course was remarkably dry, as it tended to stay on the high ground. Make no mistake, it was a mountain bike course well suited to those with good bike handling skills. There were some very sweet drops down rock faces and a triple arrow downhill. Unfortunately for me, my chain snapped after the first climb, just as the trail headed into the "Top of the World" section. As I walked back to the chalet I got some much needed links from a volunteer (thanks Jason) and despite my DNF status was able to do two laps for fun.
The prize table was one of the best I've seen in a long time, and with the smallish attendance it meant that every rider went home with something. What was up with the low numbers of racers??? The men's comp had only 3 riders. Are these numbers just a one-off? Hopefully the low turnout was just a blip on the radar and that future races get back to some healthier numbers, and even healthier rivalries.
Long live the challenge.
Huge thanks goes out to those who made the Falcon race a reality.
I'm assuming most of you have seen the pics and vid, but here it is anyway.