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Scenes from Fountain Hills, Ariz. – The McDowell Meltdown

EDIT: If you’ve come here looking for photos of yourself, I probably have about 100 other shots. Let me know your race number and I’ll see what I can find!

On Jan. 22-23, the MBAA Arizona state championship mountain bike race series got started at McDowell Mountain Regional Park just north of Fountain Hills, Ariz. The park is one of the best outdoor recreation assets in the state, and the weather cooperated to make it a great time for racers and spectators. You can read my recap at Examiner.com or just check out these photos. Find out what you missed – even if you were there!

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Too fast not to blur a bit

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Racing with a smile.

Adventure Bicycle Company, Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Miguel from Adventure Bicycle Company hangs out at the team tent.

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Racing among the cacti

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Cholla - scourge of the mountain biker

The Junior Men get their race off to a flying start

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Going fast on the Sport Loop

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Stupendous stutter bumps!

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Mean & Green

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Some cats know how to roll in style.

Moment of truth - the results are posted.

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Behind the scenes

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Who will wear one at the end of the action?

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

A fading number on the calf - the mark of a racer.

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

It's not a race without dogs.

Fountain Hills, McDowell Meltdown, 2011, MBAA

Medics - hope you don't need them, but be glad they're there.

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