Monday, December 01, 2008

Slip Slidin' Away

Jingle Cross Day 2 was a classic.....

Snow, Ice, Rain, Wind, and Mud


I really didn't want to leave the posh accomadations of the Marriot. We dined at a great local pizza joint and then watched Zero Traction Saturday night. Sunday morning was some strong coffee from the hotel along with a killer $3 Egg Muffin that Jesse discovered. 2nd breakfast was some carmelized banana walnut pancakes...mmmm

Then it was time to suit up....I rode two laps on the course changed wheels and tire pressure to find the best combo that I had to work with.....

I started on the red XO2 with Bontrager 34c's...I thought they would work a little better, but I was going nowhere fast on the first lap....I changed bikes and instantly a world of difference on the skinnier 32c tufo tires.























Right away I was cornering better and started to chase down Marko. Troy was having some bike problems and we changed positions a few times in the middle if the race. As Troy passed me the final time was closing in on Marko...

By then the brake pads were going going gone, and with 2 to go I crashed at the bottom of the Krumpet descent. I got cold and wet and the body shut down....the last lap was survival mode with thoughts of getting warm asap...










The hot showeres were a life saver...Thanks to Meehan and the rest of the Jingle Cross crew for a great race...Thanks to VeloGRRL for the awesome action photos, and Thanks to all my sponsors who make it happen week after week...


It was a brutal drive home in the heart of the snowstorm all the way home to 10" of fresh powder in Sheb. County....now it's time to let the body heal up and get ready for Belgium!!!


I wonder how many more time I'll look like this in 2008?

1 comment:

Ben said...

great riding this weekend, I can't wait to hear about your trip in Europe!