by Sean Hess (Sean@Strackacobra.com)
What happens when you combine “taco a wheel” and “15 minutes before your last race?”
You get an unhappy rider who has to make up a race.
So here I was in Spartanburg at the Stump Jump, a race I hadn’t planned on running. A 6 hour, 30 minute drive from home, a long penalty lap for breaking my wheel before the Tsali race and not bringing a replacement.
I raced the Stump Jump back in 2008 when it was a 3-lap race at 9.3 miles each…it nearly killed me neophyte racer that I was. This year was a much more sedate 7.5 miles with some of the nastier stuff I remember not there.
It was a startlingly fast course. After an uphill start and fast downhill the course settled into rooty, ribbony singletrack along a river bottom. Some short steep climbs were peppered in just for suspense. A gradual, sinewy uphill in the final quarter lap led to a short downhill dash to the finish.
It was a truly excellent layout. And riders got a free t-shirt. Who knew? Congrats to Goneriding for another great production. See a video of the White Wave start after the restaurant review below. Visit the Strackacobra Flickr Stream to see Yellow Wave Photos.
Eats in Spartanburg.
Looking for lots of carbs and little fat I headed over to the recommended Monsoon Noodle House on Main Street, downtown. Unfortunately it looked like the Monsoon had its windows shot out the night before. Criss-crossed in police tape, it wasn’t open for business.
So a few blocks down I found wonderful smells coming out of a place called Lime Leaf Thai. The food was fast and the service was friendly. The Emerald Shrimp…basically gigantic shrimp with fresh vegetables, white rice and sweet-and-sour sauce…set me back $16 but it was worth it. Would definitely try it again.