A quick recap of the race from the front lines :) (or if you want to watch the whole race, you can go here)
|A good call up can make a huge difference in a big field!|
Right as I made contact with the lead group of 4 Pendrel looked back and attacked the heck out of the group (ON LAP 2!!!). No more playing nice, letting me sit in on their train! I had just worked my booty off bridging to them, so I had very little legs to respond with, and kept climbing at a consistently hard pace.
I'm not sure how many more times I bridged to the leaders (if really at all) but I gave it all I had on that second climb, and then again on the third, and ended up just burning all my matches in the first half of the race. It was a bit frustrating being able to see the lead group just ahead of me, but not being able to make contact on lap 3 and 4.
|Start of lap 4, still determined to bridge back to the next rider, but fading...|
Other random highlights from this race included feeling like I had a fan club, the spectators were awesome, and the cheering top shelf! I got to rock brand spanking new sunnies courtesy of Oakley, and it seriously helped relieve my eyes of the bright as crap sun. AND Scalpy was so fun to descend on, it helps that the descent was rocky, swoopy and rad! Oh, also, #probablysmiling happened on twitter today, that made me, well, smile!
Overall I'm happy to land a top 10 in a race with 60 starters, and although that was harder and less rewarding than last week, I'm stoked to do some good work in the next two weeks so I can tear it up at Bonelli #2 on April 11! First I may do some road racing though... :)
|Excited to wear #4 this week. Maybe I will get to wear it again sometime in the future!|