I've used Kevin as my Elite gauge when I was thinking about jumping out of the Masters category and into the Elites. He's super consistent and we have pretty similar strengths.
Anyways, I loaded up the Sprinter, this time for a solo trip to greater metropolitan Altoona, Iowa. Steve and the Zealous Racing boys put together a solid track and the freeze thaw conditions were bound to make it interesting.
At the whistle, I immediately jumped on Kevin's wheel and within the first minute we had already established a gap. I was hoping a group would stay together so I wouldn't have to go mano e mano with Kevin. Over the next 2 laps I tried to pick apart any weaknesses he had. Trouble was, our styles and fitness were so evenly matched there really weren't any. Kevin would eventually bobble a corner and I took over the lead. I put in a few digs in sections I thought I might be able to force a gap but he stayed close. With 3 laps to go I'd decided that the long uphill drag would be my spot to attack with one and a half laps to go. I put in my effort, he hung tight. I went again on the next hill, he was still there. It was going to come down to a sprint.
|Kevin had my number all day over the ties|
On the up side. I locked up 2nd place in the USGP as well. Really wish I could have made the trip in hindsight as I could have really fought for the title. Could have could have could have, didn't. It's still been a dream season.