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Genevieve Evans Amazing 2015 Race Season

November 1, 2015

Evans 12015 was a little different for me in that my main focus of the summer was a one month long trip to Europe but I still was able to mix in my usual Xterra triathlons and endurance mountain bike races. As it was once again a low snow year, I began the season with my first ever Sea Otter XC race (3rd female 40 – 49). This was a great opportunity to meet other members of the team and get excited to make the switch from skiing to mountainbiking. Genevieve TrailXterra Tahoe City is one of my staple races as it is literally in my “big backyard”.

I felt great on the bike that day and ended up first woman. My busy weekend travel schedule only allowed me to participate in one Northstar XC race series but it ended up being a large Cat 1 field of great ladies (2nd female 40 – 49). The Leadville qualifier Tahoe Trail 100K at Northstar always brings together a large group of fun-loving, competitive mountain bikers and is one of my favorite local events. Last year I flatted, so I was happy to end up 4th woman overall and first woman 40 – 49.

X-Terra 2015 Championship

X-Terra 2015 Championship

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Then it was time to pack my Liv Lust and head to Europe! The trip began with a 8 day run/hike around Mt. Blanc. The Alps are

spectacular and different from our Sierras in that Europeans have tamed their mountains with high alpine full service huts, no wild animals, cows with bells pleasantly grazing the hill sides and plenty of signage. Then it was off to the South Tyrol region of Alta Badia in the Dolomites. 2015-08-26 14.18.38It was here at the Bike Hotel Melodia Del Bosco where I unpacked my Liv Lust and prepared for 5 days of mountainbiking in the Dolomites. Again much different from Tahoe riding, trails went from nice old gravel farm roads to steep rooty unridable singletrack quickly and you need to watch out for both cows and cow patties! Bike specific maps were available but there was quite a bit of map reading going on. For 70 Euros I was able to buy a 3 day lift pass for all bike friendly lifts in the region. This allowed me to expand my touring area around the famous Sella Ronda massif with options to stop for an espresso, spätzle, or croissant almost anywhere along the way. The lift pass also gave me the option to session some of the “free ride trails” where pedestrians are not allowed but cows are!

The greatest challenge of the trip was to take 3 trains, Paris metro, taxi, and a ferry to get myself and my bike to Dover, England from Geneva. I spent nearly two weeks in southern England with my family after my sister’s successful swim crossing of the English Channel. 2015-08-25 12.07.51We were staying right near the white cliffs of Dover which offered a bit of slick singletrack with a view of the channel. Europe 294The entire reason for bringing my mountain bike to Europe was to participate in my first international Xterra. Xterra England doubled as the European Championships and therefore the fastest European ladies were on the start list. Totally out of my element. Europe 293It is true what they say about England. It does rain every day. The course was flat, twisty and muddy with off camber dips, turns and bumps. For most people it was more like a cyclecross event. Was surprised that I ended up 11th pro and about a minute out of the money.

My last event was Xterra USA National in Snowbasin Utah. This course suits me (more uphill then down) but I felt fatigued from the European vacation. Although everyone’s bike times were slower, I struggled on the bike with a much slower time that previous years. However, the fast European ladies weren’t there this year so I ended up 6th pro and in the money!

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