What a day in the office. Sat on the line with 54 of the fastest bike racers in the country. 5 minutes before the race it started raining. We took off with 7 miles of road/gravel before we hit single track. Things were getting a little too close for my comfort when the pace would surge then slow down, so I made my way around the field and onto the front to take my first pull in my elite pro career. Was only about 30 seconds but it was so rad to see the dudes I dreamed about racing sitting on my wheel. I rotated back into the group and proceeded to survive the chaos into the single track. At that point I was just outside top 20. An hour in, the sky fell out and I ended up getting a slight puncture. It sealed and I kept rolling. Riding up single track that turned into rivers was wild. The plan was to be smart and smooth. Lots of guys were hitting the ground or slicing tires on the sharp, slick rocks. I got to the second aid station and heard I was in 17th. A train of @biketuhl
, and @alexgrantmtb
came rolling back up to me after their mechanicals and I hopped on the train. Bishop flatted then Alex flatted, then Tristan swan dove off the trail. I started fighting cramps around mile 30 and lost a gu in the rain. Tristan ended up coming back to me, we chatted for a bit, then he trucked on. That put me in 20th. I held on all the way until 6ish miles to go until @steefooon
and Alex came rolling up on me. I had no more legs so I rolled it in safely for 22nd. 20th in the crit and 22nd today, I am very happy with how the legs are coming around and adapting to this level of racing. Lots of good connections made this weekend and put in some results to write home about. I look forward to toeing the line at the Palo Duro Marathon in a few months. Big, big thanks to those that help me get here.