Scotty Graham memorial XC race:

My first Elite XC win of the season! And my last, seeing as the season is over. My expert class teammates Patrick and Steven took silver and bronze respectively while I snagged the gold medal and the cash! I did not have a great feeling about the race beforehand. Had a stomach ache but, decided to start really fast, cross style (I took the hole shot) and just suffer for the whole race, wanted to work on trying to recover after forcing a hard start. It went ok, I had a mediocre race to be honest, my shifting was all over the place and I got misdirected off course once. I caught up to Doug Ollerenshaw (after he flatted) and we drilled it on the climb, it was grueling to hold on to his wheel and then he let me past on the boulder strewn-descent. Passed a bunch of riders with mechanicals, busted pedals, chains, flats. It was a tough course. I have ridden better for sure but, sometimes you just have to actually finish the race to win.

Brian Ellin won a thousand dollars in the raffle! That was crazy, we are all walking off to the car and, they announce his name. Crazy. He did not even race the XC! He was across the street at the Oregon hillclimb and came over to watch our race finish up.

Once I figure out how to stick photos on my website, I will. I have a few good ones from recent races.


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