Finally all those cold winter rides and 4:30am dawn patrols paid off. For the first time, I got the top step at an ICUP race in the singlespeed class.
The race report can be summed up in a few words. It hurt a lot. Short steep climbs. A lot of them. And long laps.
Kyle (Racer's Cycle Service) had an 18t vs my 19t and was able to drop the group on lap one but took a wrong turn and went off course. That made me feel better cuz I felt like I was chasing all day and could not see him at all. It wasn't until I finished that I saw Kyle roll in. Sorry man. That sucks. He was riding super strong and would have had it for sure.
I had to fight it out with teammate Nick Rico all day but I managed to save a little extra in the tank in case he tried to come around. Nick took 2nd by a very close margin. Too close. He is getting stronger every week.
With 30+ inches of new powder in the mountains and some of my friends heading out into the backcountry this morning, I knew I had to make this race count.
I shall now hereby announce my retirement from MTB racing. It's stupid and it hurts.