Usually when we think of Napa, we think of Range Rovers and froofy wine-tasting tours that inevitably get sloppy and end with a brutal hangover and two cases of overpriced Chardonnay. But this weekend, there's a different type of intoxicant going down in the NA-PA -- cross-country mountain bike racing.
Beginning at 10:30 AM on Sunday, rain or shine, close to 400 racers will venture into the verdant forests of Howell Mountain in search that perfect bouquet of singletrack, adrenaline, and pain. The 22-mile course snakes through the private lands of PUC on a kaleidoscope of different trail types, textures, and topographies.
To do well in the Classic is to know the course, and baby, the legs on this course . . .