Mile marker 5780 - The dream season continues. After back to back wins in Lincoln I thought I'd have a pretty good shot at winning in Iowa City as well at the Jingle Cross Rock. I didn't quite know what to expect since the parcours in Iowa City are pretty unique. Mt. Krumpet as it's known is a monster of a hill and with the always damp conditions it's a bit of a crap shoot.
As race day approached I did my now typical scan of who was registered. I'd be up against Scott Mclaughlin and Lou Kuhn on Friday night, then joined by Lou's teammate Kevin Klug and Michigan rider Jay Moncel. Although I'd had the upper hand on these throughout the season Mt. Krumpet has a way of leveling the playing the field. I'd also be started from the 3rd or 4th row so I'd be in chase mode from the get go.
Matt had two awesome rides on Friday and Saturday joining me on the podium in 3rd place. Liz got two 3rd place podiums too to finish out her Cat 4 season. Rafal got his single speed podium on Sunday behind the uber fast Curtes brothers.
Outside of the post race mud clean-up it was an awesome weekend. I enjoyed hanging out and finally meeting all the guys from The Pony Shop in Chicago. Got to also meet Matt Shriver team liaison for the Radio Shack-Nissan-Trek team from TREK.
From here on out it's all about training. I'll take a bit of time off here to recover and then hit it hard for 4 weeks leading up to Nationals and Worlds. I took the plunge and registered for not only the Masters race at Nationals but also the Elites. It'll be fun to see where I actually slot in.