If I was forced to describe the past weekend in two words I would say, Confidence Inspiring! Last weekend my good friend Sean ” The Prawn” and I drove down to Boulder City Nevada to race the Nevada State Championships at Bootleg Canyon. The track was awesome, absolutely full of line choice and for the few sections you weren’t battling to stay moving through rock gardens you were doing 35 to 40 miles per hour hitting blind drops and wide open corners. I felt fast all weekend in practice and definitely knew that I was poised for a good result, I was also extremely happy with how my new bike was running thanks to some pit support from Sean at the Can-field Brothers Bikes booth. After a night studying helmet cam footage from the track, Sunday morning rolled around and it was time to race.
In the start gate I took a deep breath and just told myself to ride within my limits and stay smooth. As the last beep from the starter sounded I dropped in an went into auto pilot mode. The run was going great. I really only had one major mistake at the top that cost me some precious seconds but next thing I knew I was coming down the steep chute towards the bottom of the track and was still feeling strong. I rode the bottom section a bit timid but very smooth and when the finish line was in sight I knew I was on a good time. As i crossed the line I felt a huge weight come off of my shoulders and at that moment I knew all of the hard work I have put in this winter was really paying off and that 2012 is going to be a season to remember! After the last few guys came down I ended up finishing 6th place among a really stacked pro field, And I was the fourth fastest American on the day!
A huge thanks go to:
Canfield Brothers Bikes
Five Ten shoes
I can’t thank all of my sponsors enough and I really want to say that without there help none of this would be possible.