I've had better days is about all that can be said for my poor performance today. No excuses to be had or looking for, but plenty of thinking of what to do better next time.
First half of the race went well as I headed out fast with the leaders. Strangest event that I've had racing took place halfway through the 1st lap. Team mate Dennis was in front of me chasing down Dan who took off right from the start. As we entered the single track section full of roots, dirt pot holes and uneven ground, Dennis goes down hard and fast. I'm right on his wheel at this point, I see him go down, his bike goes sideways over him and the rest is amazing. Somehow I either bunny hopped over him or just rolled over him, not sure which. The end result was I kept my line and kept going...weird.
Talked with Dennis after the race, he's beat up, but OK. He actually flatted both tires in the crash (I think that is what he said), made a visit to the pit for new wheels, kept going, flatted again, another visit to the pit, new wheel, then finished the race. Nice job man!
Back to the race, like I said I had a good first half then faltered big time falling back, back and more back. The rest was history, ended up 14th.
Others did well, check out the B race video below... I'm off to see if Boston can win a trip to the big game.
$6 Tour of Missouri T Shirts for sale here, money to benefit Herman Area Cycling.