Northern California Bicycle Racing Community
I felt pretty fresh as I blasted off from the start tent on my DH run Sunday morning. I started 9th, with a ghost racer behind me and Ryan Gorman in front of me, so I didn't anticipate any company. I had recovered from the vision problems of the day before and made it to the start line with glasses.
I pushed hard on Sunrise and came close to my fastest time, keeping it up down the fire road and across to the single track. I had reduced the rebound damping on my fork to 11 clicks out and it was noticeably better. I tried to pedal hard and ride smoothly, though I did bobble twice in wet rocks and roots. I passed Nathan Riddle with a flat, but he caught me again on the climb up to 3rd Divide. I felt like I was moving fast, but I wasn't watching my splits to confirm whether I was on track for a fast time. I started to lose some heart as I crossed Lavezzola, realizing I was behind my fastest time. I came onto the pavement at 48:30. With around 2 minutes to go, I knew I would not be getting a PR. Nevertheless, I gave it everything I had to the hay bail chicane at the finish line.
Surprisingly, my time earned me 13th place. I had come in a second after 12th and a second ahead of 14th.
Though I had not broken my personal records for either course, I finally achieved a 10th place overall in Pro All Mountain!