Monday, December 12, 2011

USGP of Bend report

My camera froze on the day I wanted to take photos so there's little to show but much to be happy about.
This is the only race photo-Jon Mason at the start of the Saturday mens cat 2/3/4, one of the largest fields of the day and Jon got a front row callup.
This is the screw I got in my rear tire riding up to Pilot Butte on Friday with the crew. Lucky that I brought another tire and some glue so I would be set for the races on the weekend.
Here's the view from the top of Pilot Butte with Scott, Aaron Mallory and Ellie......I think that's how its spelled !

And here are the results:
Saturday: Aaron Bradford elite men 35th. Scott Chapin elite men poisoning.
Jon Mason cat 2/3/4 28th
Alan T. Ott mens 45+ 24th
Paul Sadoff mens 55+ 9th.

Sunday : Aaron Bradofrd elite men 13th, Scott Chapin elite men 40th.
Jon Mason ct. 2/3/4 25th
Alan T. Ott mens 45+ 24th
Paul Sadoff mens 55+ 8th.

Now the fine print. Since Scott had crashed hard the previous weekend he had a bruised tailbone that kept him from really racing to his potential. To further complicate things , he came down with food poisoning on Friday night and was unable to race at all on Saturday. Being a tough competitor, he got on his bike Sunday and in spite of all the problems was able to compete.
Aaron Bradford broke his seatpost on the second lap on Saturday and had a total of five bike changes. On Sunday he had no problems and did a career ride.

I would like to thank all the sponsors for making this outing possible and for a few of us our best USGP finishes. Also, a major thanks to Mallory Burda for transportation and help in the pits. She got 5th on Saturday in the womens B field and bettered that the next day with a 2nd place. We cooked most of our meals at the rental and were truly a team in all respects. This was a great tune-up for the nationals and we will be ready.

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