Sunday, September 7, 2008
This course was one large 26 mile lap, super fast for the first half and super rooty and rocky for the second half. I went all the way from hero to zero in this race. Great start, led for the first 5 miles, I was caught by a rider from Bikebarn (the big bike shop in the area). We switched off for a while then he put in an attack on a technical climb and I couldn’t hang. My technical riding was good but his fitness was better than mine. Soon after he dropped me I got a flat and I had a bit of a problem fixing it. By the time I did everyone in my category had passed me. I through in the towel and just rolled in. Turns out I had a better day than my team mate John Burns had a bad fall on one of the wood bridges breaking his handlebar (I don't trust carbon handlebars; neither dose John after that experience).