Steele Creek GNCC rd 3 – Morganton, NC

After the first two grueling GNCC rounds to learn about what it takes to survive and succeed racing at the national level … the team headed North to re-group. During the two week break Ben focused on getting his suspension dialed in (thank you GTR!) and Josh had several things to sort out as well (thank you Edelmann’s and Justin MacBurnie).

With fresh gear (thank you MSR!) the team then headed out to round 3 of the GNCC series in Morganton, North Carolina. When the flag dropped Ben got a mid-pack start and Josh was near the rear.  But when they came around for the first lap Ben sat 7th XC2 and Josh 9th.  The race progressed and our boys worked their way up passing XC1 and XC2 riders as well as a lot of lappers.  For laps 4 and 5 the guys were running nose to tail and swapping positions as they  moved up in the overall.  The last two laps saw Josh loose his rear brake pedal and take the energy hit trying to maintain his pace while keeping the bike on the trail. Ben pressed forward maintaining a torrid pace to move up a place each lap to take a well earned 4th XC2 and 12th overall.  Josh finished 8th XC2 and 17th OA.  Another solid race to build on for the team.

Ben Kelley (photo by Ken Hill)

Ben Kelley (photo by Ken Hill)

 

Josh Toth (photo Ken Hill)

Josh Toth (photo by Ken Hill)

 

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