Fontana Fall Challenge 2010 : Joyriding on down the trail

Fontana Fall Challenge 2010

by Joy Martin on 11/22/10

Have you ever used your imagination to take you someplace because dealing with the immediate situation has you struggling? 

That was me on Saturday as I stood at the top of the Fontana race course during practice.  The rain was coming down sideways and I couldn't see a thing.  I was soaked to the bone.  If I made a fist water would come pouring out of my gloves.  I was asking myself what am I doing and I hope I make it to the bottom in one piece.  I decided to go for it and see how it turned out.  I took myself out of Fontana and went to the World Cup races this year.  Every one of them had pouring rain and I figured if they can do it, well let's give it a shot. 

As a southern californian we don't do much riding in the rain.  It is considered rude because it damages the trails.  So the only time I do ride in pouring down rain is if I am racing.  This doesn't give me a lot of practice.  As I headed down the course I tried to keep the mud and dirt out of my eyes and look ahead to the next turns.  The course go sloppier and sloppier as I headed down and I let go of more brake and started sliding.  I was able to keep all the lines and had so much fun.  I couldn't believe how fast I could go in the mud and rain.  I was smiling from ear to ear and hiked back up for another run at it. 

I had some great practice runs on Saturday in the pouring rain.  Sunday I headed up a little late, and it was pouring rain again as I drove the hour and a half to Fontana.  Once I got there the sun came out and the course started to dry up.  Pertect tacky dirt with mud in the low spots.  I got two quick practice runs in.  Then I headed up the hill for my race run.  It seemed like the beeper was off before I knew it.  I had a couple small mistakes, but had a lot of fun on the course.  There were spots I could pick up speed and get some air.  My run was over in a blink. 

I pushed myself hard on the wall, and I think that helped get my first place for the Fall Challenge.  Stoked for the win and thanks to the ladies for the awesome commraderie! 


Racing the Fall Challenge 2010

Comments (8)

1. Ty said on 11/22/10 - 10:41AM
It sounds like you had a fun time! Keep up the good work!!!
2. Stephanie said on 11/22/10 - 01:08PM
Way to push yourself out there Joy! Congratulations girl!!
3. Erica Phillips said on 11/22/10 - 04:05PM
Great writing, maybe you have a second (no third!) career waiting.
4. Lisa Tucker said on 11/23/10 - 05:07AM
THIS PICTURE ROCKS!!!! I'm going to learn a vertical drop here (NRA) that actually inverts and you get air right before the transition... : ) Yay!
5. Christine said on 11/23/10 - 04:55PM
Great position here Joy!
6. Jacqueline said on 11/30/10 - 12:57PM
Awesome job practicing in the rain and having tons of fun. Excellent work on the win!
7. Joy said on 11/30/10 - 04:13PM
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate it! Cheers!
8. Todd said on 10/26/12 - 05:33AM
Pretty impressive skills you got there girl. Looking good!

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