|Podium shot! photo @ Amy Dykema|
I did it again! Smart racing and the best fitness of my life just won me my 4th trip to the top of the CHEQ FAT TIRE 40 podium and 3rd in a row! I wasn't sure how things would shake out with very elite competition in the field, but in the end they actually made it a little easier than normal.
|photos @ cheqfattire.com|
|The start is always a little crazy at the Fat Tire 40|
|I picked my favorite wheel right away!|
|J-Mac from the Shack was gassin' it all day|
|still on my favorite wheel|
|climbing the firetower : photo @ skinnyski.com|
|Didn't think we'd gap CVV on the Firetower!|
Coming down the back side Michael Olheiser and I dropped J-Mac. I knew that if I could make it up the Birkie I could win. It all came together with 8 to go so I attacked the final downhill before the Birkie in order to get another 100 meter gap and easily make it over the first two rollers. Olheiser attacked the third roller...it started to hurt. J Mac went hard and I almost cracked, but the eyeball lid was like a tractor beam on the back of CVV's jersey. The faster they went the easier it was to roll over the tops of the climbs. I was going to make it! CVV attacked on the last roller of the Birkie and J-Mac sits up. Am I getting tag teamed by Pro Tour riders? Olheiser gets gapped and CVV gets a 10 seconds gap. I figured I could close it in the next two corners. Corner number one and J-Mac goes slow. Long downhill dirt rode w/ tons of rocks...usually under water, but not this year. The next right hander is tough....I set up, look for my line and see CVV w/ a flat tire. One more spot for me....Immediately to the back to wait for Telemark road. 2 miles of downhill dirt road and a lead group of 3 rotating through. J-Mac starts rubbing the cramps in his legs and Olheiser does the same! WOW I CAN WIN!
|the last descent|
|I was fired up!|
Thanks to everyone! Too bad Andrea doesn't even know the results! She is in California w/ Elicia on a back pack trip!
|just like wrestling a big ol black bear!|