After racing the Epic Rides Whiskey Off Road I was fortunate enough to stay in Prescott for an extra 2.5 weeks to prepare for Round 2 in Grand Junction, CO. Unfortunately I spent a good portion of that sidelined with a little illness. I was feeling better just in time for the AZ Devo Training Camp my last weekend in town.
Elmer and I packed up and 4 months later were finally leaving AZ. Thankfully the drive was smooth and there was plenty of good scenery.
On Thursday we headed out for a preride and The Butterknife lived up to the hype. My training partner Trevor dislocated his finger(it was at a 45 degree angle compared to his other fingers(GNARLY)) and had to walk out. I finished the loop solo and was thankful to make it out unscathed. The Grand Junction Off-Road course is one of the most demanding and technical races in the US. On Friday it was back on the pavement where things were supposedly a little safer.
This was my third attempt at racing in Grand Junction and I had my best start yet. I was in the top 3 up the Tabegauche Climb and for the majority of the long technical descent and half way up the windmill climb. I fell apart at the top of the climb but managed to hang on for another Epic Rides podium appearance!