Sunday, July 8, 2012

2012 Danzeisen & Quigley Summer Sizzler

Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ
July 7th 2012
105 degrees

I think this was the hottest day of the year.  Despite the heat teammates Aaron and Cam pulled off their normal 1st and 2nd that that normally get for MASS (Mid Atlantic Super Series) races.  Nick had a great race pulling off a 4th (the best he has done in a MASS race yet!).  For some reason the heat seemed to be affecting me (Mike) more than my team mates.  I realized half way through the first lap that with the heat this race for me was going to be more about survival than getting a good result.  I kept it slow and steady (any pushing hard made my head feel like it was going to pop) and came in 15th.

Teammate Jeff Dickey normally dose well in hot races and this course suited his strengths. He was riding comfortably in 5th when he came across a woman who had fallen and broken her collar bone in the middle of the trail. Other riders were going around her and/or telling her to get out of the way. Jeff being the better person stopped, helped her off the trail and waited with her till help came. He came in last after waiting with this woman for 20 min when he likely could have pulled of a top 5 finish if he had not stopped.
Cam collecting his winnings for 2nd place
Aaron getting his 1st place award

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