This past weekend was the Greensfelder Challenge over in St. Louis, Missouri. This event would also be the 2013 Missouri State Mountain Bike Championships and award qualifying spots to those riders planning on going to the National Championships in July. While I personally have no ambitions nor talent to race nationals, Tige Lamb and Christopher both headed over to qualify, test their fitness and possible bring home a title.
Greensfelder is hidden in the hills of West St. Louis County (just behind 6 Flags). The hilly trails are open to hikers, bikers and equestrians. They are maintained by the Gateway Off-Road Cyclist . If you are ever in the St. Louis area be sure to check out these trails. The GORC guys/gals did an awesome job and these trials just plain flow. They have a little of everything including a monstrous rocky/rooty climb that would test anyone's cycling ability. I personally walked that bad boy every lap. The majority of the trails are smooth flowing single track. There were several miles of some rocky/hilly terrain that allowed riders with some technical ability to shine. Very fun trails for just about any ability level. I know I enjoyed my time riding them on Sunday.
Tige lined up with a health group of Cat 1 riders. As expected, most of the big boys were racing including strong riders like Kenda/Felt rider Drew Edsall, Daniel Miller, Travis Doon, Chris Ploch, Bob Arnold, Doug Long and Aaron Elwell.