The Meijer State Games this year was once again held at the Cannonsburg Ski Lodge and like last year the weather was amazing. The D2 Racing Team had three riders partake in the mountain biking event, of which Ryan Allen racing Sport 35-39, Dominic Couturier racing Expert 30-39, and Eric Patterson racing Expert 29-Under.
With the previous light rains and massive trail work prior to the race, the trails were in fantastic condition. Like last year, the race course doesn’t follow the same route as the typical trail, rather it uses the long two track for the beginning and end. This was great for racing since it allowed for wide open lanes on the start and wide open lanes for any last minute sprinting to the finish. Although, if you are a weeknight rider, it throws you off a little as the big climb you usually start with is now roughly in the middle of the trail. Another cool feature of the selected course layout was having the racers come all the way to the walking bridge, passing through the back side of the lodge and then back out over the land bridge. This allowed for great spectating and from a racer’s point of view, a lot of energy from the cheering crowd as we made each lap.