Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The June Turkey!

I'm having continued trouble with my internet connection at home so wife and I are heading to Verizon to get a satellite USB card today.  Meanwhile, a very quick update on the last few weeks of races...and to mention that I managed to win all three!  Here are the tree podium pics and a photo of my weapon of choice - the 2010 Cannondale Flash set up with the new XX components.  This bike is so much fun to ride and super light. I am loving it!
June 5 - Had a blast at the US Cup #5 race in Santa Barbara at Eling's Park and won the XC national race
June 12 - It was perfect weather and trail conditions in Temecula at the 12 Hours of Temecula.  I finished 15 laps and climbed over 17,000 feet!   
June 19 - I found out that I was in third place overall for the US Cup series, tied with fourth place, so I packed up the family and headed to Big Bear for the final US Cup race.  The course was fast and really fun.  It was perfect and I mainly battled it out with Vince Lombardi, who was in 2nd place for the series.  I watched him race and he was so smooth - what a great rider!  There were two right hand turns at the end and I came out of the corner before he did and finished about a bike length ahead.  It was a great race with super tough competition.  I don't have a photo of that finish but it was a surprise to me. 
Next up - Some serious altitude and climbing training in July to get ready for the Butte 100 in Montana on July 31 which will be a prelude to the Leadville 100 - I plan to finish what I started last year.  Then, the Mt. Washington Hill Climb in CT, and will round off August with the Kirwood Festival and 9 to 5 race in norCal.  These races should be perfect preparation for the Master World Championship XC races in Brazil in September.  For my whole career I have always wanted to earn those rainbow stripes.  This may be the year....
See you on the trails!