AMain.com’s Kyle Warner rode consistent all weekend to finish 5th overall in Hood River, Oregon at the NAET. Kyle talks about his rides below:
This past weekend was the second stop of the NAET in Hood River, OR. I have always loved riding here and it was exciting to have a stacked field to race with this year. The plan for this weekend was to be smart and get some good points going into the next race in Sun Valley. This race was one of three races in the NAET series where you can pick your best result of three and throw away the two lower scores counting towards the overall at the end of the season. Knowing this I just wanted to be smart and have some fun this weekend without feeling the pressure of a huge result.
I felt really comfortable all weekend and my Rift Zone 29er was working awesome for me. I tried to be smart with my practice days and not get to much riding in before the weekend because I knew this race was very dependent on leg power. We got one run down all 7 of the tracks in the first day of practice and a second run on all of the day one courses. I felt good going into the first day of the race on Saturday.
After a solid day one I was sitting in fourth overall and had cracked the top 3 on the first long stage of the day. I was fairly happy with how I was riding and just needed to clean up a few mental errors to be in the running for the Win. Going into day two I knew that I would have to ride hard to stay on the podium and I didn’t want to make any silly mistakes to throw it away. After a solid day two I ended up in 5th place overall and made the podium again! This season has been really interesting so far because I have been making a lot of silly mental mistakes that I know i can clean up but I have been consistently on the podium which is a good sign that everything is working in the right direction. My focus for this season is on the 7 straight weeks of racing we have to do the end of July to early September so I think that I am on target for being strong during that crucial part of the year. I am excited for the remainder of the year and I really appreciate all of your guys support!