My final race of the season was the Ridgeline Rampage down in Castle Rock in the middle of September. A longer marathon style mountain bike race meant that I would be flying the Tokyo Joe's colors and riding my Scott Spark bike. Being a later season race the field was a bit smaller but still strong. We narrowed the race down to 4 guys on the first lap of 16 miles. At the start of the second lap I made my move and got a small gap. I would hold that small gap for the next 30 or so miles - just 10 to 15 seconds over 2nd place. It was quite the battle. But then with just a few miles remaining, disaster struck and I dropped my chain. I had to get of the bike to fix it, and boom, I was in 2nd place. And that is where I would finish. Not the win I was looking for, but still good and a really hard race.
With the last race completed, the off season begins. Which means lots of fun riding, especially on my mountain bike! We were in Crested Butte for a wedding this past weekend, and somehow I forgot my Scott MTB shoes and Scott helmet. I didn't want to miss out on the ride so I was able to salvage a helmet from someone else but I was forced to ride in me tennis shoes.
It probably would have been fine, except the weather was less than ideal, about 35 degrees and rain. But the groom wanted his pre-wedding ride so we obliged. And boy did we regret it. The top of the 401 trail was covered in falling snow and the temperature continued to plummet. We had to do some serious mud slop descending to get out fast before things went really south. Fortunately we all survived, we some some great leaves changing their colors and the weather cleared up for the wedding ceremony.
Now a couple more weeks of fun riding before me proper off-season break next month.