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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mas o Menos 2009

The 2009 TMBRA Spring Series has now officially begun. Mas o Menos, the first of the eight races, took place in Terlingua on February 14. Terlingua is located just a few miles NW of Big Bend National Park. A few Abilene folk turned out for it and they did well! Mas o Menos is a fairly large event with about 450-500 riders showing up for it every year. It has three different course lengths: 30k, 50k, and 100k. The Abilene crowd was competing in the 30 (cat 3) and 50k (cat 2) events.

In the picture below are Gary Fraser and Mike Sparks just after their age group started the 50k race.

Here is the view from the finish area. Aren't those hills great? At least they were from my perspective. The racers might not agree with me.

This next pic shows a crossover point. The racers finished with the trail on one side of the highway and then crossed over the road to get to the rest of the trail. See that trail going up the mountain in the background? That's where the racers are headed. They were so excited about it. Right.
Here's Jim heading around the last corner before the finish line. He was excited that he made it up that hill in the previous picture without breaking his chain like last year.

Here are the results for the racers from Abilene:

Cat 2 Men 15-18
3. Luke Allen

Cat 2 Men 30-34
7. Chad Walters

Cat 2 Men 45-49
6. Greg Allen

Cat 2 Men 50-99
2. Gary Fraser
11. Michael Sparks

Cat 3 Men 19-29
2. Jason Boone

Cat 3 Men 40-49
1. Jim MacDonald

Mas o Menos is a lot of fun and is a well-organized race. We hope a bunch of Abilene riders can make it down there next year!

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