There is a certain excitement with any race day. I rolled in jamming to one of my Spotify playlists and got the wonderful opportunity to roll up with Taylor Swift's "22" jamming from my speakers. Peeeeerrrffffect. The camp had some excitement as we began our Party Pace (PP) rollout to the start of the Prologue ITT right near Todd Lake. We got our chip timing (what?!?! there is chip timing at this thing, it keeps getting more serious). Got the deets on the stage from Jeff Cheng, an awesome guy from East Coasters back in Roanoke, 2 miles up and a ripping descent back down. Sounded easy enough.
The results after the Prologue had Nick Waite a good ways up and the leader in the KOM competition, while Ian Beckner took the lone Super D title of the day. KOM, Super D, and Sprint competition will be points based (5, 4, 3, 2 ,1 points) while the General Classification (GC) will be total time based.
The ride played out uneventful enough with a gravel climb to start wittling the lead group down to two. I had the lead into the single track but with a bit more rolling climbing to go Nick Waite took the lead and said bye bye. All good, I just got ready for a crazy descent. Down the rock invested trail I rolled. Definitely tough and tricky, definitely awesome! In the final 100m of trail there is a super technical rock section, maybe 3-4 guys cleared. I swear it looked super tough when I was riding it but not too bad when I went back. I blame the director (Carp) for screaming at me and playing "ole, ole, ole" on his megaphone. I'm sure it wasn't my lack of technical skills, I mean it looked easy enough!
Took the default KOM after finishing second to Nick Waite up the climb in the ITT
Sitting 2nd in GC to Nick Waite by 3:30 (well that escalated quickly)and 2:51 up on 3rd.
Been placed in a people box labeled Foof (sp?) since I'm from foofville apparently. Learning new things daily.
Men's Leader: Nick Waite
Super D: Ian Beckner
Women's Leader: Susan Haywood
Fuller picture of entire GC shake-up and pictures from day 1 below.
Keep those pedals spinning,