We thought the key to our success as a team was smashing the Time Trial and then protecting our leader in the Crit later in the day. I was excited to try the new TT bike and see how I could do. I rode solid and didn't explode so considered it a success although I think I left a little something out there, but maybe that is only because Jake Tremblay rolled in 1.5 seconds ahead of me on the stage. Kelly went 1-2-4 (Jake, myself, Seitz), but the 3rd placed rider, Nick Taylor, from Bike Doctor was actually in the GC lead after a great ride and scooping up bonus seconds in the RR by finishing 3rd the day before. All of a sudden we were on our heals for the Crit.
We knew to get back the GC lead we needed to ride the crit hard. It is a selective 8 turn crit with a big hill at the start finish with limited places to move up. It would be vital to be up front early and attack Nick and the Bike Doctor team in hopes of getting someone up the rode to soak up time bonuses and hopefully get enough of a lead to sneak in to the overall lead. Chris Jones started it out early by smashing it for the first two laps, immediately the entire field was strung out as Chris motored around the course. He pulled off and another teammate attacked and kept the pace high. On the 5th lap the field was breaking up and strung out as we went up the hill, the group fanned out with four of our riders on the front.
**For a full Gallery of Kelly this weekend check out the bottom of the page***
Next up is Marathon MTB nationals in Georgia and then Collegiate Road Nationals in Asheville. It's race season everybody!!
Keep those pedals spinning,