Sunday, August 27, 2006
Saturday: Started out with the time trial. 3/4 of the XC course, humid, foggy and greasy. Prerode a lap right before it started so i had an idea what i was in for. Rode ultra conservative to a dissapointing 8th place, about a minute out of 1st. Everyone i talked to stacked it atleast once and still went faster than me, so i guess that was the way to go. Still it was early and i wasn't to concerned.
Short track afternoon. 17min. +2 laps. Grassy course that went up and down a hill, over a rock and around a tree. Took it easy on the start and found myself in 2nd on the second lap. GC leader Sam Oftedal was off the front early. Rode with some guys for a few laps before breaking clean. Chased Sam for a couple laps but couldn't gain anything. A few minutes to go and Jan Rybar catches me. We go back and forth, last lap i attack hard on the climb and open a gap, he catches back up heading into the last corner and it's a sprint to the finish where i hang on for 2nd!
Sunday: XC. Picked a second row starting spot since i was going to take the first lap easy and feel things out. Got stuck behind Cole on the first single track climb which let some riders get away and more bottle up behind. I continued to ride crappily in the singletrack decents and lose ground/positions, then make some back up on the climbs. Going into the second lap i caught stage race leader Sam O and rode with him along with Wellskopf, Pacholski and Shively. Halfway through the lap i crashed on some rocks and potato chipped my front wheel, allowing those guys to get away. Took it easy through the third lap to not worsen it. Caught Josh back and Jackhammer who had no rear brake. Final lap i felt good and gave'r hell. The wheel held up and i rolled in 18th. Guess i won't go to hard on my wheel builder tommorow:). Wasn't great but i'll take it. Goal for the weekend was top 20 and podium in the stage race, which i took 2nd overall in and netted some good coin for the weekend!
Props to Jay and The Boy on winning some Cups. Props to Russell getting beat up by kids, trees and stung by bees and still winning his race. Good job to Tbone and the Goat on some solid 5ths this weekend. Thanks to Don for putting on a fun event. Thanks to Barb for the hand ups. Thanks to EVERYONE who hung out throughout the weekend and yelled(or screamed) words of encouragement at me. It helps a ton and i really do appreciate it.