This race started very fast, held on on the first climb no problem. The pace was very fast at times but it wasnt anything I couldnt handle. I knew I was going to have a hard time on the bitch ass climb at the 20 miles mark just like last year. When we got there the field blew apart pretty quick and I think I was one of the last riders up the hill.
A couple of other riders and myself started to chase and began picking up other riders untill we were about 7 strong. We had a good chase going and hammered pretty hard for 15 miles only to loose time to the group. We could see them at first, but they eventually pulled away.
This is a motivational buster to have happen. When we got back to town on the end of lap one I called it quits and just went for a leasurely ride into the country for 20 more miles with a couple other guys.
I got dropped but I had a great time while I was there. Need to work on my climbing...
I signed up for this race by sheer dumb luck while surfing the internet 1 day before registration was full. After I did I had to start making arrangements for carpooling and sleeping and what not. By the time that was all said and done I found myself cruising down to Arkansas with Zach Brace and a man by the name of Jeremy King.
After we hit the road Friday morning we stopped for coffee and talked shit on mother nature and how much of a whore she was. Oh man, was she being a bitch!! We drove through a "Derecho" which was kinda cool actually, but still a bummer on the way to a MTB race.
When we got down to Mountain View we decided to pre-ride a little to check out the trails and ice damage that had occurred from the previous winter. The forrest was devastated in sections and the man hours that went into clearing it was very evident. Thanks volunteers!!!
The 3 of us got to the race good and early to get our numbers, geared up and warmed up. There was a 1 miles climb to start us on our 50 mile race which actually benefited me since I was racing my SS. It hurt, but it was a good way to string the field out and make life in the single track a little better.
I think I entered the woods in the top 15 of the 350 man field at the top of the climb. There was a lot of dismounting taking place due to all the downed trees. Lots of wet rocks and roots as well to make thing a little more hazardous. I took things pretty slow to avoid crashing on dumb shit early in the race. I saw several people fall on slick rocks that were dangerous even to walk across.
After a hour or so had passed, I felt comfortable and wet. My legs felt pretty good and my HR was low. I just kept the pedals turning but hiked a few hills to keep from smoking my legs to early in the race. Zach caught me at some point before the first check point and we stayed together for some time until then. After the check point he got away from me a little....
The next section of trail was pretty tech. I feel I'm pretty good at riding technical trail and rode very well through there. I found my way back to Zach on a long climb and actually passed him. After that climb he caught me back and pretty much dropped me. I was starting to see less and less people on the trail now that it was good and strung out. When I came to the second check point the man informed me that I was the 13th rider in. Sweet!! My only goal for the race was top 20.
From here on out I pretty much had it in cruise control, just riding the trail in front of me. The trails for the second half the race were very dry which was much welcome. The first half was pretty wet. I could tell that my body was started to reject the bullshit I was asking it to do. I still had about 15 miles to go so I tried to just keep it smooth and moving forward.
When I finally came to the fire road down hill back into the campground where I started I was pumped. I was pumped to be done, pumped for a maybe top 20 finish, pumped to get beer in me. As I approached the finish line Zach high fived me (he was already done) and said "top 10". I thought, "man that's awesome, Zach finished in the top 10". What I didn't know is that he was talking about me. When I crossed the line the kind folks there looked at me, smiled, and said good job..... you finished 10th. I kinda sat there for a sec and looked back at them, " Really??".
I finished 10th out of 350 with a time of 5 hours 48 minutes. I wasn't expecting it but it happened and I was/am pumped about it.
I immediately went to the TEAM SEAGAL pit for some PBR to start my celebration which almost got cut short by some park rangers that "claimed" no drinking was allowed in the park. Yeah right.
Zach finished 7th, I finished 10th.... both one spot out of a trophy. Oh well, there was beer waiting for us back at our cabin....
The race was awesome, wish I had some pictures, wish I didn't waste my BB. Had a blast and now that Syllamo is over, I decided it was time to wash my bike from Ouachita...
Thanks Zack and Jeremy for the good times and good riding.
Froze Toes - 30th, 3/4 Tues Crit - 3-11-08, 1st - B race Tues Crit - 3-25-08, 3rd - B race Hillsboro Roubaix - 6th - 4/5 Tilles Park Crit - 1st, 4/5 Tues Crit - 4-15-08, 2nd - B race TOHermann TT - 16th Cat4 (SUCK) RR - 2nd Cat4 TOHermann Overall - 2nd Tues Crit - 4-22-08, pack - B race ToSt.Louis Forrest Park - 9th, Cat 4 Tues Crit - 4-29-08, pack - B race Tues Crit - 5-6-08, 1st - B race Tues Crit - 5-13-08, 1st - B race MO State RR - 5-18-08 - 4th - 4/5 Tues Crit - 5-20-08, 4th - B race Tour of Winghaven - 6-8-08, 95th - 3/4 Tues Crit - 6-10-08, 1st - B race Webster Groves, DNF - P\1\2\3 Tues Crit -7-8-08, pack - A race Tues Crit - 7-15-08, pack - A race Tues Crit - 7-15-08, pack - B Race Tues Crit - 7-22-08, 10th-ish - A race Tues Crit - 8-12-08, pack - A race Tues Crit - 8-26-08, pack - A race Tues Crit - 8-26-08, pack - B race GATEWAY CUP 8-29 - 9-1 Friday - Cat 3 - 40th out of 147 Saturday - Cat 3 - Dropped, DNF Sunday - Cat 3 - Dropped, DNF Monday - Cat 3 - Dropped, DNF
2008 Race Results - MTB
Lost Valley, 5th - Sport Rim Wrecker, 1st - Sport CastleWood, 4th - Sport Matson Hill, 4th - Sport - June 1st C-Wood, 15th - A Training Race, 7-10-08 Cyclewerx Cape Race, 6th - Sport on a SS Greensfelder, 3rd - SS, 9-7-08 The Burnin 6 hour. 8th, 10-11-08 Spanish lake, 3rd - SS, 10-18-08 Berryman Epic, 17th overall - 3rd SS.
2008 Race Results - Cyclocross
Hermann Night Cross - Sep 20th - 37th Ronde Von Evergreen - Sep 28th - 14th BUBBA #1 - Oct 19th - 20th - A Race BUBBA #3 - Nov 2nd - 30th - A Race BUBBA #5 - Nov 16th - DNF BUBBA #6 - Nov 22nd - 32nd - A Race BUBBA #7 - Nov 23rd - bonk, finished - A Race BUBBA #8 - Nov 30th - 20th -A Race Mo State Cross - Dec 7th - 19th - Cat 3