After Nationals, I had three days at home before hitting the road for a couple of weeks. This gave me enough time to squeak in one ride in the high country. Colorado is just perfect this time of year so it was really hard to leave!
I’ve attended the WORS Cup race for quite a few years now and look forward to returning each year. The promoter, Donn, puts on an excellent race on great courses. The WORS Series is alive and well so there are always quite a few people out and about at the venue.
This year, we returned to Cascade Mountain for the second time but we were treated with a new course. Always a pleasant surprise! There was a fair amount of climbing each lap but the descents were long and twisty singletrack giving you ample time to recover before heading out and climbing again the next lap.
Saturday was race day and the weather was calling for some heat and humidity. We really haven’t raced in those kind of conditions thus far this year. I’m not a huge fan of the heat but I think it will better prepare me for Mont Sainte Anne and Windham as both those races can be hot. I had a good start and made the first selection after lap one. McConell made his move on lap two and no one could match his pace. Stephen, Fernando and I came off his pace almost immediately.
My race started going downhill soon after. I wasn’t riding the descents smooth at all. I was just kind of ping ponging my way down the mountain and flew over the bars once. The gaps were pretty tight for a majority of the race up until the last lap. Sonntag came charging through the field and I was doing the inverse, finishing the day in 6th. Not my best day.. just a little off but I felt strong on the climbs which is good. I’m confident I’ll be riding better next weekend in MSA.
For the 3rd night in a row, Joe and I hit an Indian restaurant in Madison but we brought in a few others this time and enjoyed a nice post race meal. Love me some Indian! Short Track was a really fast loop with no selection which made it a tactical race. I did a good job of always staying in the top 3 in order to stay out of trouble. On the last lap I went on the longest, open climb hoping I could hold everyone off on the only remaining climb since it was pretty tight and harder to pass. This didn't work as Dan and Cole were able to sneak by me here so I came across in 3rd.