|Taking a short lived hole-shot Pic: Dan Farnham|
|Second pit visit Pic: Jill Tillinghast|
Day 2 was all sweetness. After all, days don't come much worse than the previous day. I feel pretty lucky to have 5 or 6 guys locally that can really beat up on me and push me to the absolute max. Nate showed his hand the previous day, as did Jesse. Troy is always faster on the second day. Jeff, who I'd never raced against before was a surprise strong man. Lastly there's Matt, who had about as bad a luck as me the day before but is known to pull out some amazing efforts now and again.
The plan was to take the hole-shot and be first to the barriers. After the day one barrier jumping that Nate and I were doing, a hand full of other guys figured it out for day two. At the gun I got away clean and caught a glimpse of Nate on my wheel. As we entered the first tight left hander I heard some skids and rubbing behind so I pinned it out of the corner and headed towards the barrier / maze sections. Nate and I started to get a little gap and we worked hard on extending it.
|The eight inch barriers were fairly easy to get over|
I rolled across the line taking a long awaited W with Nate about 25 seconds back. All the guys kept me super honest all day long, no room for mistakes today. Jeff took bronze with TK and JP rounding out the top 5. It feels great to have finally won one and to have shaken the Raymond Poulidor monkey off my back. I was beginning to think the all elusive win would never come. It was awesome hearing all the cheers from the crowd throughout each and ever lap, it made me want to ride harder and harder, so thanks everyone!
Big congrats to Vaughn Pierce for laying waste to the Cat 3 field, it'll be good having you in with us next time, it's where you should be. There were some pretty fast Cat 4's out there too. With Vaughn moving on you boys should move up too. After Saturday's race I had a good chat with John Petersen about CX upgrades. I've often heard guys say that they'll upgrade after they win. Let me tell you, wins don't come very often so don't wait around too long or you'll never get anywhere. I think the last time I won a race was when a bested Nate at the Nebraska SS MTB championships four years ago. I hope some guys see the light and start Catting up. For the record, here's the criteria.
|Cat 1/2/3 podium: TK 4th, JP 5th, Me, Nate 2nd, Jeff Kluck 3rd|
|Nate and I taking to the sand|
|TK manning up on the barriers, yeah buddy!|
|Swansons signature deep sand|
The big boys raced in Belgium too, here's how it turned out...