UofL graduate student Ben King finished in 2nd place in the Men’s A race at the Louisville Short Track finale at Waverly Park on Saturday.
King excelled throughout the series, taking a win in the Single Speed category and earning two podiums in the Men’s A onboard a single speed mountain bike.
Here is what King had to say about the race:
Parcours were tight and twisty compared to previous short track weeks. I was skeptical after hearing comments from other racers but was pleasantly surprised when I got on course myself. I was able to slide the back wheel around and maintain speed through the tight corners. And I really liked how they rerouted the exit from the “jump” which allowed you to carry more speed, and achieve total SS flow.
My 2nd place was a little surprising. I don’t think I’ve ever beaten Slo (Anthony Slowinsky- VO2 Multisport) before. In the previous race, I was able to catch his wheel after being stuck in traffic for a while but couldn’t stay with him.
This time I didn’t get caught back in traffic. On lap 2 I saw an opening and went for it going into the twisty section. I got a gap and held it to the finish!
It’s a career-best short track result for me. I’m focusing more on road this summer and short track is probably the only mtb racing I’ll be doing until fall. Last year I tried doing a lot of mtb over the summer, right after a busy collegiate road season. It was too hectic switching back and forth and I got a little burnt out.
It was great doing short track on my no-fuss singlespeed. The good results are a bonus and they have me excited for CX and mtb in the fall.
King finished in 4th place overall in the Series while teammate John Francisco finished 6th. Rikus Van Zyl finished 12th overall in the Men’s B.
Short Track is a mountain bike race format in which riders compete for a designated time amount along a short-distance, completely rideable, off-road course. For more info on the Louisville Short track series go to louisvilleshorttrack.com.
Photo by Drew Dillman.