Let's start by saying that finally! for the first time I FINISHED both CX races this weekend! That in and of itself was a huge accomplishment for me. No, this didn't mean that I didn't crash and/or break any bikes, I was just fortunate enough to have a bike in the pit this time around!
The Elite Women's race had 72 starters and I'm pretty sure I had about the 65th call up! My main goal for this race was stay on my bike, race hard and hopefully not get pulled before the final lap! I had a great start and seemed to be passing people immediately. I felt way better on the course vs Friday. The course was pretty much a frozen bumpy rutted up mess! It actually very much suited the the mountain biker as choosing the best line was extremely important. At times it even felt a bit like single track as you had to really pick your spots to pass.
Huge thanks to the guys at Foundry Cycles as they were kind enough let me use their Auger bike for both State and Nats. And, they even let me train on it in between! I absolutely love this bike! It's super responsive and it handles the corners like a serious badass!. A special shout out to Chris (Bicycle Fit Guru) who has more than a normal amount of patience for my bike fit drama. He had this Auger set up perfectly and I felt so awesome on it! Also thanks to Larry, Lev and Sophie at The Fix Studio. Their power based classes smash the sh*t out of me each week. Lastly, a big thanks to my new coach Matt whose attention to detail totally rocks. We've made huge strides in only 2.5 months of working together. I'm am so pumped to chase all our mtb goals this summer.