MG in "Yunto" during lap 5 of 6 at the Platte River Battle Royale. Photo by T. Nelson. See more of Troy's Platte images here.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind past month... Let's see, in four consecutive weekends, here's the score:
- JP's bachelor party in Moab -- mountain biking nirvana, everybody wins -- 4 weeks ago
- TransIowa v.5 -- 314 miles of gravel roads in Iowa, 8th place overall -- 3 weeks ago
- Platte River/Psycowpath Battle Royale -- 2nd place in the 'marathon' division to a very strong and determined Corey Godfrey -- 2 weeks ago
- Branched Oak 12-hour MTB -- 2nd place solo to the impressively fast youngster, Lucas Marshall -- this past weekend
In the video, that's race promoter Jim Craig and I shaking hands at the front of the pack as we roll-out, just before the neutral roll-out ends and the true racing begins. Good stuff... Thanks again for the video, Lumpy!
It's been a fun past month of riding and racing. Though I don't have a firm total, I estimate that I was able to get close to a thousand miles in on the bike during the past month between riding and racing, and that's a pretty good month for me... perhaps one of the best ever. For that I'm extremely thankful.
I could not have done any of this without the support of my beautiful wife Laura, or my sponsors, Salsa Cycles, Monkey Wrench Cycles and Oakley. Whether it was my Salsa Big Mama saving my tender behind out at Branched Oak, my Oakley Flak Jackets repeling sweat from the lenses so I could continue to see for 31 hours straight during TransIowa without a single lens cleaning, or any of the parts and service I get from the guys down at Monkey Wrench on a daily basis, the companies I'm working with now are as good as it gets and I recommend their products from first-hand experience. My lovely wife Laura, on the other hand, is one-of-a-kind... top of the line. If it wasn't for her, it would be a lot harder for me to be me. I realize that makes me very fortunate and so once again, I'm especially thankful.
Looking forward... Memorial Day weekend:
It seems like forever since I've had a weekend spend with Laura and just ride and catch up on things around the house. I guess it's pretty typical for this time of year... You go all winter with just about every weekend free, but now it's just slammed to the hilt until about October.
Well, this Memorial Day weekend, we're doing something different -- we're staying in Nebraska and playing it low-key. We've just been "on" for too many consecutive weeks and it's time to rest, recharge and focus on getting some projects done at home. Yep, it'll be perfect.
The Bacon Ride will be starting up Sunday @ 6am from the Mopac trailhead at 84th Street in Lincoln. This is a good one... Ride out to Platte River State Park for the brunch buffet, then back to Lincoln. It's an 80-ish mile round trip with good times all around. Don't miss it.
Hope to see you out on the trails soon.