Today, I raced for the first time. I had ridden the course twice over the past 2 weeks. I was able to get around the trail in 48 minutes, and I only crashed once. I could feel my getting a little out of contol and then it tagged a good sized rock and twisted sideways. This caused the back wheel to pop up and eject me from the bike. I landed about 5 feet from the bike with my feet flat on the ground. It was nearly a perfect landing. The guy who was five feet behind me yelled, "That was ******* awesome." Anyway, I rode in the beginners race and finished 3 out of 4. I did however beat quite a few from the sport class who started with us. Unfortunately it was the last race of the NCCCC MTB season.