NU Wild Western Mass Preview
Northeastern’s second event of the season promises the return of a dormant venue and lots of exciting racing. The last time that Holiday Farm and Jiminy were used was in the Fall of 2008. At that time Union College, UMASS and MIT hosted the event.
The XC courses is one of the few known quantities going into this event. The trails at Holiday farm feature a great mix of conditions so that every rider gets a chance to shine. The trails don’t feature any of the prolonged climbing that the first two weekends have seen. Instead there are a series of shorter climbs and descents. The single track is typically sweeping and pretty smooth although several root warped sections can be found. A number of bridges and logs are also littered about the course. This course will be much higher speed affair than the first two xc offerings this year. Don’t forget your big rings at home.
The DS course will be a creature of Northeasern’s creation. In the past when NU has been put to the task of Slalom creation they have churned out masterpieces. The slope previously used was a nice pitch that build up momentum without the excessive steepness which can send less experienced racers grabbing fistfuls of brakes. The actual course won’t be known until we roll up on Saturday morning.
Dh at Jiminy is an event I never raced and lack concrete knowledge of. It will be as much a surprise for you as it is for me.
The STXC course will be an entirely new affair that I lack any knowledge of.
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Civil Engineering 2012
NU Cycling Team President