being a perpetual graduate student has innumerable drawbacks but two advantages: a $1 discount on movies and collegiate racing. Saving a buck on the occasional $10 movie isn't something that I take advantage of very often, but I race the college kids as often as possible. I like collegiate racing because the kids are usually less cranky than the typical Cat-4 road race participants and because they often put together courses that normal promoters won't do. On-campus criteriums, Beech Mountain-top finishes, fun stuff. This weekend App State and Lees-McRae hosted a mountain bike race adjacent to the Lees-McRae campus. Lees-McRae hosted collegiate mtb nationals last year and cut a bunch of trails, including what looks like a cool-looking downhill course. The XC course was hilly and challenging, but several days worth of rain made it downright squirrely.
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