My bike showed up on Thursday in Beaver and Zack built it up and dialed in the measurements. A few quick adjustments the night before and some fast rolling tires (Clement LAS) and it was ready to go. Super fortunate to have Zack have my measurements plugged in and dialed so even though my first ride was the race the bike fit like a glove.
The next morning the town was a buzz with cyclists and the Pro men got rolling up the Canyon at 8am sharp. 10 miles of gradual uphill pavement into a beautiful canyon kicked off the race before the true racing began as we turned right onto a dirt road and the steep grade stretched out the field. Before the 5 mile climb was over I found myself in the second group and chasing across the top as it continued to roll uphill past multiple alpine lakes just catching the group as the road tipped slightly downhill.
Eventually the gravel ended and pavement took us further down to Junction as the group came together to battle crosswinds before turning off the highway and back onto gravel. As the gravel tilted upward and turned more to sand the group completely separated. I regrouped a little on the rollers before the big climb but never saw the leaders again. I began the ascent back up the descent rode as hard as you can at altitude, which wasn’t very hard for me. I was still able find a groove and catch a couple people before getting to the top and rolling back across the high alpine meadows.