|Sand options...run or ride|
Photo: Jill Tillinghast
Matt and I got by cleanly and proceeded to ride like clowns for the next lap. Bouncing off each other at every opportunity and basically making a joke out of it. Eventually Matt would slid out in 180 degree corner and I was left alone at the front to establish and maintain a gap.
The real action was behind as Jeff had clawed his way back first to Paul, and then to Matt, eventually gaping the two of them off. The entire time I was clear by 15 odd seconds and had a front row seat to the action. In the closing laps Matt reversed the deficit pulling even with Jeff and then took him in the sprint for a fine Trek Midwest CX 1-2 finish.
Day two was going to be interesting. I had a few cramps during the previous days racing and they hung around during the night waking me up occasionally. I knew Jeff was strong and I now had to deal with the fresh legs of one Lucas Marshall.
I'm not sure what got into me but I took the hole shot and forced the tempo for about half the first lap to try and open it up a little bit. Jeff passed me for the lead and really picked up the pace which put everyone including myself in a bit of difficult. It was a pretty interesting day as I felt Jeff was stronger out of the corners and on the straightaways but I could pull him back through the technical bits. With Lucas and Paul just behind us, I played the team tactics card and chose to sit on Jeff in hopes that he'd tire out and Paul and Lucas would come back to the front.
|Jeff driving the pace at the front|
Photo: Dan Farnham
|Cruising in for the Omaha Opener win|
Photo: Michael Dixon
Next up is rounds 3 and 4 of the US Grand Prix of Cyclocross New Belgium Cup in Fort Collins, Colorado. Get to stay and hang out with buddy Chris Wolff as well as see all the Nebraska front range transplants (hopefully). Time to go head to head with the number one amateur cross team in the country, Boulder Cycle Sport. Those boys F-A-S-T, FAST! They will be the real gauge on my fitness. Let's GO!