Wow what a switch from 103 degree, dry, dusty grasslands. We just drove up to visit Nick and Cass in Truckee, CA. At ~5500 feet it looks like we are in the Colorado mountains with pine trees and mountain views, it is 49 degrees and hailing/raining. Cass says the trails will be in good shape after a little rain. We just pulled in and set up (converted from "car" to "house") and are off to find a brewery and pizza.
A good write up of the NMBS #3 race: http://www.mtbracenews.blogspot.com/