The third round of the U.S. Pro GRT series was held this past weekend at Angel Fire in New Mexico. Clear skies and high temperatures greeted riders, and the Angel Fire trail crew laid out dry, rough, and extremely fast courses for both professional and amateur riders. McKenna made the 15 hour drive to northern New Mexico on Thursday, to be ready as practice got underway Friday morning. McKenna was super excited to see how her freshly built Commencal Supreme DH would handle the dusty, high-speed course.
Practice went very well for McKenna on both Friday and Saturday, getting plenty of uninterrupted runs in on the rocky and loose track. Her favorite part was the lower section which was extremely fast, with great bermed turns and big jumps. Practice finished Saturday evening, with McKenna feeling super confident and eagerly awaiting the next day’s race.
Race Day came bright and early Sunday morning, and McKenna headed up for her two practiceruns. Both runs went without issue, and McKenna was feeling faster and faster each time. McKennawould be racing Category 2 Open women, and even though she would be the smallest and, by far, the youngest in her field of 8, she was feeling confident she could put down a good run with a competitive time. She was the first to go in her group, and she had a great run and was able to take the win, as well as set the fastest female time on the amateur course.