In the middle of last month, our very own, Brandon Olson, took his show on the road and headed out to the great Northwest to compete in the Northwest Cup. The downhill race was held at the always challenging Skibowl course of beautiful Mt. Hood. Mt. Hood is an “old school” place for downhill. But then, some of the old hole-in-the-wall spots have the best vibe and good feel to them.
This year was a year for Brandon to CAT-up, after an impressive 2011 downhill racing season. Being Brandon’s first Category 1 race, he immediately experienced what it takes to ride with the big dogs in the big league. The course welcomed him with pristine downhill conditions, primo dirt (super tacky) and EPIC trails that stretch for miles. The course featured more rocks than you can find on an episode of the Flintstones: rocks, rocks and more rocks. Prior races feature a rock garden or two. This course was like riding on the moon; a real thrill for downhill riders.
As for his ride, Brandon’s Specialized Demo 8 was a very loyal servant and responded well to his challenge. It was a very chill event. Great food, craft beers and hippie chicks are always easy to find in the great Northwest. Easy to find, and hard to leave.
Brandon finished 24th in a very competitive field and he is one step closer to being ready for Nationals in the middle of July. You can track Brandon’s downhill racing for the rest of the season by simply going to the USA Cycling website: http://www.usacycling.org/
Ride Fast Brandon!