February 26, 2019
I'm not kidding when I say we spent hours trying to find a shop to rent us mountain bikes in New Orleans. And guess what.. there isn't one. So instead of flying our bikes out to only ride a trail or two, we decided to grab mountain bike-ish bikes from Dick's Sporting Goods. When we tested these bikes out the night before the race, I knew we would be racing each other for last place. But I still stood by our decision to get those Nishiki's and wanted to go ahead and just do the race for fun anyways. Which is just what we did. The noise you hear in the background is the Norco plant. I'm not sure what it does, but we were told some horrible stories about the history of the plant which I won't go into here. Ok so the bikes were less than we'd hoped for, but how were the trails? This was the perfect course for a short, fun, cross country mountain bike race. The trail was flat and fast with some tight turns, roots, berms, bridges, and even a kewl drop that it killed us not to be able to try on the Nishiki's. It had rained the night before, so our tires were caked with mud that made it like riding on bald dune buggy tires through the trails. And I say the trails were fast, but we were obviously not able to get those bikes moving to experience that. There was something legitimately scary about being out there on your own encountering monsters and gouls as well as the random truck horn to scare the shit of you. NOMAMBO which stands for the New Orleans Metro Area Mountain Bike Organization - runs this race every year to raise money for their trail building efforts. So if you're ever in New Orleans for Halloween - be sure to check out this race. It's totally fun and for a great cause.