I've been riding Mountain bikes for almost 2 years now and started racing this year. I've raced 3 races out of 4 and won the 3 I've entered. I'm racing in the beginner class 30+. The first 2 races I won by 10 minutes over second place, 1 of them was an absolute mudfest and can't really be considered an equal race I don't think since we walked half the dam race do to the 3 inches of mud everywere. Anyway, I won a race this weekend by 3/4 of a bike length, literally it was wheel to wheel going across the finishline. I'm having people ask me when I'm going to move up to sport class and some poking fun at me saying I'm a sandbagger. I have no intention to move up because I've trained harder in the winter months than others and can push myself harder when I need to. I dont' have a road bike and I consider 25 miles of biking a week a good week for me, as I don't have time to ride more. I don't really have a fear of wrecking so I don't slow down in sections were some might, I have great core strength so I think that helps also, and I come from years of ATV racing so going from 4 wheels at 46 inches wide to a bike on 2 wheels and 25 inches wide dodging trees seems easier. I want to finish out the year in my class and try to win a championship then move up.
What are your thoughts on this??