We raced six laps on the Swanson course, but race promoter John Lefler Jr. mixed it up a bit and ran the course backwards. This may have leveled the playing field slightly, so the race wasn't a total local-rider romp. Kent was still ultra-fast through the course though. The speed he was ripping the singletrack at on the first lap was impressive.
This was by far my best xc race performance of the season. I was able to stay motivated, strong and mentally engaged for the entire six laps. It was awesome. My Dos Niner was perfect. I had fun.
Left: The Man -- Cam Kirkpatrick took the Nebraskans to the bank Saturday and took the money for first place with him back to Iowa. Way to cap off an awesome series Cam!! In this Scott Showen-captured image, Cam leads young jedi Aaron Grady.
Aaron's be the revelation of the 2007 Psycowpath series. He's shown incredible strength consistently this season, but more surprisingly considering his age, he's also shown impressive patience and maturity. Having his family at races cheering all of us on is incredible too. The Grady family may very well be the best cheering squad in all bicycle racing, and I feel fortunate to have them cheering on the sidelines for us.
The Expert Open podium - from left - Jay Chesterman, (Rasmussen Bike Shop), 5th place; Matt Gersib (Monkey Wrench/Salsa), 3rd; Cam Kirkpatrick (Rasmussen Bike Shop), 1st; Kent McNeill (Midwest Cycling Community), 2nd place and 2007 Nebraska State XC Champion; Aaron Grady, BikeMasters, 4th place. Photo: Scott Showen
Monkey Wrench Cycles' Nate Woodman is the Singlespeed State Champion!! Nate triumphed over Mark Savery (Midwest Cycling Community) and Sam Rosenau (Midwest Cycling Community) in the four lap singlespeed race, and ran among the top-10 in the expert class for his entire race, despite starting up to a minute behind them.
More racing is coming up this weekend. Some are headed to South Dakota for the Dakota 5-0. I'm heading up to Boone, Iowa for a 12/24 hour race. Not sure what class I'll be racing in yet... Might just butch up and do the 12 hour solo. That'd be a first for me.