The long awaited tale of Vermont misfortune. After coming close to a whole shot, after elbowing my way to a top 25 at the top of the climb on the first lap, after making up even more ground on the decent... a leaky valve stem stole my hard-headed charge for glory.
Let me give you some more details. At the very bottom of the decent, my rear tire rolled of the rim. Bummer, I should have run more air pressure. No problem, I lost no more than a minute. Once I started back up the climb, I felt even better than the lap before. Within 2 miles, I had made up my lost time and ridden away from my 1st lap racing partners. However, to my dismay, my tire was noticeably low again, only half way back up the mountain. After a quick check over, I found no signs of leakage anywhere on the tire. My assumption? The tire must not have sealed well during the last fix. After another shot of air, I was back in pursuit. Well, long story short, my valve stem was lose and causing the leak. I fixed it during the third stop for air.
For the record, it was a disappointing race, but I had a blast on the bike. Probably the most fun I have ever had in an XC race. Aside from having fun, it was great to feel like I was fast again.
This taking place on Saturday, I was still hopeful in a strong performance on Sunday in the short track race. Unfortunately, it was a false hope. The starting line up was based on the previous days XC results. I know, I know, it doesn't make sense to me either. Since I didn't do so hot on Saturday, I had to start in the back. No biggy, or so I thought! I had average legs, causing me to move up at an average pace and finish in an average place. I think 35th. Pretty pathetic after last years 19th!
Well, I have so good news to leave you with. Since my return home, I have been able to tell a tremendous improvement in my strength on the bike. I can only assume that I am getting some late season form, which is good by the way, because I am doing a Pro,1,2 crit in the morning and I have the NMBS finals at the end of the month.
That's all I have for now. I will let you know how the crit goes down. Thanks for reading.