Sorry I haven’t been blogging religiously about this race. I’ve been concentrating on recovery and refueling and I haven’t wanted to run my generator to charge my batteries. I wish my solar panels still worked.
Anyway….. After faltering on day 2 and 3, I pulled it back together. Day 2 was just too much and I went too hard too early with too big of a gear. Day 3 I put on WAAAY too heavy tires thinking the terrain would be gnarly. Not! I lost over 5 minutes.
For Day 4 I put on new Nanoraptors front and rear and put on a 32×21. Good choice. My opponent Dan Durland was pretty fried. He also got caught up in some course confusion. I can’t say I really took advantage of the opportunity, but I had pre-ridden that area. I settled in to my own race and really enjoyed the Mt. Guyot circumnavigation. It’s an incredible ride that I’ll definitely rank in my top 10. I finished first with about 5 minutes on the gap, but not enough to lead general classification. I was one second down. I was kind of happy as that really put pressure on Dan for today.
Today’s stage was another sicko ride over another sicko pass over 12,000 feet. Wheeler. I rode it as the first 30 something miles in the Breck 100 last year, but our climb was much different. We hike-a-biked for about 30 to 40 minutes today. It hurt. There were lots of rock gardens up and down throughout the course. I shredded them.
I ended up with a sweet victory today and about a 7 minute cushion.
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