River Gorge 2014

26 Aug

It has been an up and down season for sure. Started coming on to form using Joe Martin as a prep for Tour of the Gila, but I went down in the big crash on stage one about twenty miles from the first climb of the race. This past weekend, we raced in the Village Volkswagen River Gorge Omnium. The event began with a super fun TT around a reservoir and across the dam retaining the water. Nothing special about my result here, but in the crit later Saturday evening, my teammate Winston lapped up with a group of strong riders and took 2nd in a confusing final lap of the race.

Sunday was the road stage and Winston was sitting pretty well in the overall. He got held up in a crash a mile or so before the first climb. The whole Lupus team held back to help bridge him back to the group right before Sand Mountain, the first climb of the day. The field split over the climb and Winston made the front group. I had to climb my way through the field to make group two on the road, which we eventually caught group one in the rolling hill portion of the course. From here I started covering moves and keeping or group together for Winston’s lead. Closer to the final climb up Raccoon Mountain, a group broke away from the group and I covered it. This group stuck all the way to the climb.  We went back and forth attacking up the slopes, but eventually I got away and was able to hold it to the line. Jonathan Jacob took second and Mark Fisher third.

River Gorge Win

River Gorge Win

I’m stoked to have won on one of my favorite regional climbs of the calendar, especially after the long journey back from crashing out of Gila.

 

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