Written by Eric Paysen Sunday, 31 July 2005 00:00
The race organizers originally decided that the experts would do four laps but after a couple of laps were done they realized that the conditions were dictating 50+ minute lap times and they cut the number to three. At the end of the second lap they told us we only had one more to go. What a relief it was to hear this! I was starting to wonder if I had two more laps left in my legs. With the good news came a burst of energy and I accelerated in an attempt to drop the rider that had been on my wheel for the last lap and a half. All went well until my front wheel washed out in a slight turn in the trail that was submerged in muddy water. I went down fast and slid head/shoulder first towards the butt end of a cut log. I stopped short of slamming into it full speed and just bumped it with my right shoulder.....LUCKY. Surprisingly both bike and body were undamaged and I finished up the rest of last lap without incident and grabbed a 4th place podium spot. Happy trails.
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