MNSCS #2, Steeple Chase, yesterday went ok. Just ok. My climbing legs felt right, but on the flats and in the singletrack, I didn't have the power I expect.
The race started with a hilly and bumpy prologue. I made my way to the front, but Justin took the holeshoot. I didn't really mind that because I had only ridden the trail once before, and I wasn't familiar with the course. They added a mid-lap climb this year which was nice for passing, and that is where I made the first move. I went off the front by 20 seconds or so and then my tire slipped on a wet rock (the course was heavy-tacky). I got up and another VeloRoch jersey was closing in on me...my brother! Sweet. We rode alone for a while and he was really making me hurt. Sam O bridged up to us on lap 3 (of 4). Ben was creeping away from both of us when he had a mechanical. His chain slipped off in to his spokes. That really sucks because he was gapping us pretty good. Sam went by him and Ben never got his mo back. Ben and I rode together for the last lap and we finished together about 1 minute behind Sam. Sam is riding really strong right now, and I expected this out of him after his recent success out at Buck hill.
I am in Colorado now on business...not mountain biking business. I found out this morning that there are trails leaving from my hotel grounds (in Westminster) that go all the way into the foothills. That is eating me up considering I have meetings from 8:30 am until 9pm today=)
No time to post pics. Sorry.