The last race of the season landed us at Northstar at Tahoe to wrap up the USA Cycling Pro GRT National Series. KHS Factory Racing decided to head up north a few days early to get some training in and acclimatize to the altitude. After a few lung burnin’ xc rides we decided to hop on the DH 300’s and go check out the mountain and get some practice runs under our belt. The track was fairly long with tons of flow, lots of pumice corners, and some good rock sections that kept you on your toes at all times. Qualifying on Friday went pretty good as I landed the fastest time of the day. I knew I still had some work to do to beat out the fast guys in Saturdays race run. I smashed out a few more runs and switched up a few last minute lines. A few hours later I was in the gate as the last rider on the hill getting the countdown from the official. I charged out of the gate and dropped into the first rock section. I started getting a little worried as I was riding extra conservative to stay upright in the loose and unpredictable corners. I worked my way down to the finish sprint and gave it everything I had left in the tank. I crossed the line and heard the crowd get loud which immediately put a grin on my face. It felt great to get my first national win under my belt and have something to show for the countless number of people who have busted their ass to help me get where I'm at. After I got my breathing back and could see straight I found out my teammate was right on my tail in second place, and had secured the overall Pro GRT Title. Team KHS couldn’t have had a much better weekend. Thanks to all my sponsors for an awesome 2012 season! I would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support including KHS Bicycles, WeAllRide Clothing, Kenda Tires, Novatec Wheels, FSA Components, ODI Grips, Csixx guides, KMC chains, Velo Seats, Twenty6 Products, Motorex, and FiveTen. I would like to welcome some new sponsors for 2012 including SPY OPTICS and HT PEDALS. Thank you for the support
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