I’m on my flight home now, marking the end to an incredible week in California for the 2nd and 3rd stops of US Cup Series. It’s been a very long time since I’ve lined up in a pro men’s field of 115 racers. As I waited at the start line for my 7th row call-up I couldn’t help but be impressed by the names called up before me. The field was not only stacked with the fastest guys in the US but also some of the fastest guys in the world. It was amazing to be a part of such a world-class event here in the US. I finished 61st and 56th (2nd and 3rd races respectively), which shows that I have some work to do to get ready for the next race, but there’s plenty of season left to crush it.

ProMen-Start
Fontana XC Start – Photo Courtesy www.mtbmike.com
I stopped about 1ft. away from this huge rattlesnake as he curled up into the strike position and started rattling, while warming up on the course.
I stopped about 1ft. away from this huge rattlesnake as he curled up into the strike position and started rattling, while warming up on the course.
Fontana XC Race
Fontana XC Race – Photo Courtesy www.mtbmike.com

One of the best new opportunities to represent my sponsors at these events has been live race coverage. For the first time in a long time, friends and family scattered around the country have been able to watch the race while sitting back at home. The live broadcasting of these races is first steps to developing a fan base for the sport of cross-country mountain bike racing which would be great for the long-term growth of the sport. I think this is a huge step forward for the sport, and can’t thank USA Cycling and Sho-air enough for providing this opportunity. If you missed the live coverage, you can watch the races here:

US Cup #2 – Bonelli

US Cup #3 – Fontana

The last person who played a crucial role in my ability to race this weekend was my teammate Larissa and her husband Brendan. I can’t thank them enough for opening up their house to me for 10 days, as well as being my chauffeur, fresh egg provider, tour guide and entertainment for the week.

Campfire/cookout after the Tuesday group ride in Silverado.
Campfire/cookout after the Tuesday group ride in Silverado.
Mid-week ride in Silverado
Mid-week ride in Silverado

That wraps up my spring break. I’m looking forward to being back home for a couple of weeks and I’m excited for what the rest of the season has in store.

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