- Riding bucket of blood in Cumberland
After racing Downieville I spent a week on Vancouver Island checking out the local trails. The riding was amazing it made the trails back home seem more like highways.
The Enduro was one of the coolest racing experiences I have ever had. Saturday was a short time trial on black comb to decide the starting order of a five stage race on Sunday. We were told results would be posted a few hours after the finish which turned into a email sent out the next morning. I was pretty curious as to how I did. I felt like I had a pretty good run but knew that I was up against a very talented field of riders. I thought about this all night and was up early to check for results. It was like Christmas except when I got up there were still no presents under the tree. The results finally came in while I was getting ready. I pulled them up and looked at them in disbelief. First was Brain Lopes, Second was Nicolas Vouilloz, Third Remy Absalon and Fourth me. I couldn’t believe it these were the guys that I have watched in movies as a teenager and thought that I could only dream of going that fast. What a day! Not only did i get to meet some of the best riders in the world, but i was actually racing with them. We raced five stages that day not knowing any times or results until the end of the last stage. In the end this is how it shook down for me.
Stage 1 18th, Stage 2 14th, Stage 3 4th, Stage 4 17th, Stage 5 13th, Overall 12th.