Northern Rockies Cycling

Northern Rockies Cycling
Jacobson-Schutte Racing is a USAC bike racing team based in Missoula that competes in Montana, Northwest region and National races. The team's name comes from it's title sponsor: Dr Justin Jacobson and Dr. Mike Schutte. Both of Northern Rockies Orthopedic. Currently there are 30 riders on the team ranging from Pro Cat 1 men to entry level Cat 5's. JS Racing is committed to racing at a competitve level as well as promoting USAC races, events, training races, team training rides, and development clinics.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The cat's out of the bag!!!!

Global warming may now come to an end... The earth has tilted off it's axis.... Tamara Bessette, the girl who claims "I don't ride dirt!" pretty much cleaned Snowbowl Lookout last week. It was one heck of a fun day...

It all started with Tamara not knowing any of the routes in the Rattlesnake, and wanting to ride Sawmill Gulch. I was excited to ride some dirt with her and happily agreed to go on the ride. We picked the hottest day of the year...97+ degrees for her so-called Maiden voyage. As we discussed our ride, I was beginning to think she might have ridden Snowbowl Lookout with Howard before, but couldn't quite deciper her description of trails..

So we were off...we took the "Ewok" single track trail as a little tester. When she said "that turn just really freaked me out!" I thought we may be in for a quick trip. Then we hit the logging road up Sawmill and she began to say "Oh I could ride this all day..." I began to worry as we took the single track up towards Curry. To no avail..she cleaned it. Not a wimper, and not even a worry. In fact, she turned her climb on as we started our ascent...and then I began to worry!

We gathered ourselves, and decided to continue on... Up Curry we went, and again, no signs of strain or fear in her eyes. And then alas....we found ourselves at the top of Snowbowl Lookout. We were both excited but then the big question laid before us. Which way should we go down? Should the girl who claims "never to ride dirt" take the easy or hard way down. You all know which route she chose...the hard way. Tamara doesn't resist a good challenge.

The downhill: Short and simple. She pretty much cleaned it. Yes, she pretty much cleaned it. With the exception of the infamous "S-turn" she cleaned it. And I was thinking...."what the&^%&^%*!"

So, the cat's out of the bag. Tamara rides dirt. Go ahead - ask her for a ride!

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