Well, this is not going to be a detailed account of the race, but I did want to say thank you to Todd for putting on another excellent race. The OP race is and always will be one of my favorites. Yep I do like tons of climbing but out there it is all about the rest of the riders and the crew supporting you. And this year the crew was awesome. Rob 'Grimie' Briggs from the Bicycle Ranch and Chris Maloni was out there with my mom and Victor, Trevor, Jennifer, and Nick Finch. AWESOME crew! Thank you for putting up with me because this is one race that I was not a happy camper. Not even a little bit. I just want you to know it had nothing to do with the crew but things didn't shake out as planned.
We had problems from the start and after about 4 hours everything was going good but the early part of the race made it difficult for me to get my head into it and the right mind to focus. It was tough. I also crashed on my third lap pretty hard high speed and my wheel washed out and I went sailing and sliding. My knee is still swollen and my side hamburger but to be honest I had no idea it was that bad until after the race was over. I just knew I had to finish and so I did.
Oh and Plews...he had a great ride and I want to congratulate him for the win. It was funny out there - he knew he wanted to win and he had a plan. It was the first time I raced him at this level and athletes with that in their head and the ability is what makes this sport so much fun....and frustrating! It is awesome to see this level of competition and the new faces. Ian Leitch was equally focused and the battle was good.
Just a couple of photos of the morning cows, lovely me, and Rob's new morning look.
This race was not the fourth OP win I was hoping for (2003, 2006, 2007 were the other three plus I finished second in 2004), but finishing third among this competition is not at all bad. Thanks for the great race everyone!