|phota @ Amy Dykema|
|photo @ Mike Janikowski|
First cross race under the belt yesterday, so now we better get the first mudder out of the way! It was perfect cross conditions. 60 and raining. Lots of mud. It was sweet to have supreme confidence in choosing my HED Ardennes aluminum rims with Dugast Rhyno tires. No doubts, No questions, I was all in and confident with my equipment. This time I lined up on the outside because I thought the outside line in the grass was faster. Wrong choice. The inside guys got the jump and when the hit the grass they went outside and I got pinched. It was muddy and slippery and I was a little rusty in the skills department. Another solid group was forming, but I was a little too far back. This time I could see Kabush, Troy Well, Berden and J Pow just 10-15 seconds ahead of me for half the race, but couldn't close it...I ended up battling with Zach Mcd and Yannick Eckman most of the race. A few too many blown corners didn't allow me to conserve energy throughout the race. I soft pedaled the last lap because nobody was in site and finished 13th.
|photo @ D Marchewka photography|
Time to clean up and rest up. Always awesome racing in front of a home crowd. Tons of CX superfans cheering me on!!! Another huge thanks to Tim, Tony, & the crew from MWI for the help in the pits.