Monday, April 23, 2007
Pulled out the win in Vet Expert but couldn't hold off a hard charging Jason Stiger for the overall win. Jason was the only "younger" Expert to show. Jason got the whole shot and got into the single track first. I had a small problem getting clicked in off the start and got in 3rd. Jason started pulling away so I yelled at the guy in front of me to pull off and let me by. Once I got by I chased jason down and got by him on the first major climb. I was climbing really well and put a gap on him right away. I was taking it easy on the descents, worried about a soft rear tire and he would slowing close the gap back up. I attacked the climbs over the next couple laps and thought I had a good gap on him, but he charged back on was right on my wheel starting the 4th and final lap. My legs were toast and he took advantage on the climb and attacked me. I couldn't respond right away and let the gap grow. I put in a hard chase and closed the gap down later in the lap but didn't have the form to close the deal. Still had the first place "Taco Bell" money for winning Vet Expert in hand but I wanted the overall. Jason put in a great ride (even without the long hair).
Posted by Mark Studnicki at 7:37 PM