My last collegiate road nationals are over.
Post TTT we were in the hot seat for just a minute forty. Photo: Dean Warren
There’s a bitter-sweet taste in my mouth. I have never stood on a podium before (let alone a National Championship podium) and been upset about it later on. We were fourth in the TTT. FOURTH, and yet we were only 20 seconds off of Fort Lewis’s time of 41:34. It’s a hard pill to swallow, as I know I will probably never stand on another Nationals podium again.
For me the worst part is not that we came so close, but that we did so and I won’t get another shot. I finally stayed healthy and kept my head on straight for the spring. Which was, no doubt, partially attributed to my selective racing, and my “work trip” to Sea Otter didn’t hurt either. I was worried about my fitness headed into this weekend, but I had it in my legs.
Four to go, right before Weston attacked for the MILLIONTH (and final) time. Photo: Dean Warren
I rode about 50% of the crit on the front, and chasing hard. Namely, Weston Luzadder (Marian) who was constantly on the attack. My dad said a bystander asked where Zack was about halfway through the race, and why they hadn’t seen him… I was doing my job fine. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there in the last lap for him. With four-point-five to go we were swarmed and shuffled back. We moved up with three on the lap cards and Weston attacked again, I pulled my brains out. I was swerving all over the road and at two to go I blew sky-high. I rolled the last couple of laps alone and found out Zack had sprinted to third behind RMCCC champ Josh Yeaton (CU) and Shane Haga (Texas A&M). Another podium and I couldn’t be happier for him.
After standing on the podium… I’m ready to put my hands in the air this weekend at Tour de Grove. Racing the 2/3 race should be a nice change of pace.
This past weekend CSU Rams Cycling played host to collegiate racing as the Rocky Mountain Conference descended on our venue at Beaver Meadows Ranch Resort in Red Feather Lakes.
Matt Fox (CSU) rode to an impressive 4th place in the Men's A XC
The team got up to the venue on Friday afternoon to wrap up some last minute details and make sure all the courses were dialed. I shuttled the downhillers to the top of the course for a few runs and got to check out some of their course. It’s incredible watching an experienced downhiller tackle a course. We used the term, controlled falling, several times over the weekend, and it’s a fairly accurate description.
After a somewhat rowdy night around the campfire I awoke bright and early to register the riders at 6:30am. WE had over 50 riders in the downhill event, and even more in the endurance races. Saturday’s racing opened with a bang, Zack Allison and Matt Nunnelly took a 1-2 finish in the men’s beginner categories. Its rather hilarious watching two seasoned roadies whoop up on the mountain bikers, but I don’t think that the conference officials found it entertaining, and made Zack move up to the intermediate category. We did just as well in the women’s beginner races this weekend, taking the wins in both of the women’s endurance categories.
David O'Day (CSU) riding to 4th in the Men's A DH.
In the Cross-Country race on Sunday, Matt Fox took a respectable 4th place finish behind the onslaught that is Ft Lewis mountain biking. Joel Finkeldei also took second in the men’s intermediate race, securing his upgrade into the A field for this coming weekend. We couldn’t have asked for any better weather conditions. It was a bit chilly, but the racers found it to be ideal. We look forward to the years to come. Thanks to C. Hall Designs for the awesome photos!
- Joey Schusler (a Jett MTB sponsored rider) airing the 8ft drop in his final run Saturday.