In the pain cave at Lake Manawa -- 07/07/07 -- Photo: DK, with CVO's camera
8th place on the day... Not exactly what I was hoping for. Photo: CVO
It was a tough day at Lake Manawa today. I went into the race thinking I had a chance of a good finish, but ended up a disappointing 8th. Kent went out super hard and I made the unfortunate choice to attempt to go with him.
It worked for a while too, but eventually the heat started making us crazy. Kent went down in a corner right ahead of me while we slid backwards through the Expert field. He ended up taking a DNF for the day, which is an option I considered at several points during the race. In retrospect, I'm glad I stuck it out. I rode better on lap five, the last lap, than I did on the third lap, and that was encouraging, but I just never really had the fire today.
Aaron Grady had the fire though. He's now been victorious in the last three Psycowpath races, and I've been impressed by his patient, calculating racing style. He'll let others go out and blow themselves up, but he's up-front when it counts. Today's win was made even more impressive by the fact that all the fast guys were present. Yet in the end, the story was the same -- another stellar victory for The Kid. I'm sure it was a good show.
I heard from Laura that Savery even took a turn at leading the race at some point near the middle. He finished 6th in the end. Nice ride Mod!
CVO also rode a great race to finish 5th in the Vet Expert class. Way to ride CVO!
Woodman picked up a solid victory in the SingleSpeed class too. Impressive...
Finally, a sincere thank you to all the fans cheering for me out on the course today. It seemed like there were a lot of you, and trust me, it helped! Thanks also to my beautiful wife Laura, who braved the heat to head up my pit crew. Those bottles of ice cold water sure tasted great!
Check out CVO's complete photo album from the race HERE.