Monday, September 25, 2006
Tbone and i trucked up to the middle of the state on a clear and cool sunday morning. Things warmed up by race time and conditions were perfect. Don says GOOOO!, and we're off to a fast start. I felt surprisingly well and held my own in the top 15 after the start. A small group consisting of Neil, Nathan, Tim and myself formed as we all traded pulls around 10th place for a couple laps. My mistake of the day was taking a gel as we headed up the road over the bridge and losing contact with the group. I was hoping to catch back on as we hit some short climbs but it never happened. I spent most of the 3rd lap in nomans land just diggin' the flow of the course. Going into the 4th and final lap Ryan and CK caught me so i free rode off them. Ryan was looking strong and taking some huge pulls. We caught Timmy with a couple miles to go, i tried making some moves in the last few climbs but couldn't shake the guys. I sat up and let Ryan pull through hoping to suck wheel to the finish but when Jeff initiated an early sprint up the gravel road i knew my race was done. With no one behind me, i just chilled out and rolled in, 13th. Solid for me lately, and on a course i usually don't fair well on. Props to Nathan G who's been riding pretty well lately on his first top 10 of the year.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Decent start, felt good and stayed out of trouble. Yo-yo'd back and forth through some groups before finding my groove with some familiar faces. Spent most of the race with Marko, Lirette, Jackhammer and Bender. Firetower hill, Jack and Marko get away, Lirette and Bender chase and i hang on. We get reeled back in when we hit ski trail, i move to the front to set tempo. A couple miles in i look back and no ones there. Next, catch a rider who hammers Telemark rd. while i guiltily take a free ride and move up to catch Neil Swanson. Shortly after, i see the 2 mile marker. My legs are cooked and i know the chase group is after me. Up ahead i see Jack starting to fade so i just focus on him. I catch and pass him on the last steep climb but he catches me off guard and counters before we drop into the bowl. I tuck in and get a good run out off the last turn to chase him down but didn't have quite enough to get around him at the finish. 33rd and 3rd single. Lirette came in right behind for the Hayes triple shot. Have to thank my good friends Mike and Pat for letting me stay with them and cheering me on throughout the race.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Stump Farm Saturday, Curly's Pub Saturday night, Kewaunee Sunday. Won both days and the series overall with Tbone. Rode some great trails and met some cool people throughout the weekend. Thanks to race directors Bill and Jonathan, and Al B. for a fun series.