Chamois Butr' samples so all could have a happy bum. I got my number 26 and started getting ready for the day. I went back and forth with the idea of fenders or no fenders,, settled on no fenders.. Slathered down my legs with Embro and was ready for what ever came next.
|chasing back on finally getting some help|
We rode into the first check point as the lead group was just pulling out... I grabbed my que sheet and checked my number and sprinted to get on with the lead group.. Things for the most part settled down a bit here as the 6 of us worked together along some scenic river beds and twisty climbs. I was able to get some food in and start drinking,, things were looking up. Being about 10 miles out of checkpoint two coming out of a valley and coming off a long pull three got away being able to shift and climb to the pavement. I was hanging in no-mans-land and could Brandon the eventual winner looking over his shoulder wondering if I could bridge.. I could not bring it back and knowing that Charlie and Joe were not to far behind I sat up to have someone to work with.. Charlie and were making good time when we blew a turn and had to double back.. This sucked because now the nice lead we had was gone and we had to fight to keep in the top 10.
Made it to check point 3 Lake City my self Charlie and two others,, at this point it is only 20 some miles left and two-three more tough climbs. I was cramping pretty bad on the next min maintenance road I even had to get off and stretch and use what was very little water in my bottles to clear out some mud that was gathering between my fork and front wheel.. Some super fans were at the crest of the climb handing out mini cokes took one and started to chase down Charlie and the other two..
Contact was made and coke went down and all over me but it was good. By this point it was me and the two that were picked up going into Lake City with Charlie falling behind. Another blown turn,, but this time we did not go as far and corrected it fast.. Bombing descents and holding for dear life we made it back on to Charlie and prepared for the final climb. Philippe one of the two found some legs and charged and I dropped the other two just happy to see the finish line.. I crossed in 7th place 6hours 40some minutes with 10 extra miles of riding 115 total.