I was’nt there. As a distant observer, it looked fast. World Championships fast. I have watched the TV footage from the race a few times and it is just crazy how fast they are going. Like Tour de France fast.
I don’t think anyone got lapped in the race. If you look closely it looks like Tonkin and Jon Baker are dead last in the start. In the aerial view you see 2 USA jerseys just stuck at the back of the 50+ group with nowhere to go. The course snakes around so much in the first section and it is only 1-2 riders wide and just creates a horrible bottleneck. They are barely ever touching the brakes the whole time and you could hardly call the course technical. Just fast. That is not Tonkin’s speciality (so he says) and it is a bummer that it was not pissing down hail and rain. What can you do? He worked so damn hard this year, running the shop, getting 10th at mountain bike nationals and clobbering everyone at the USGP races. I know he is not happy about his result. When you show up to a course that does not suit your strengths you just have to step up and do your best.