In reflection of the year gone by, how could I pass on the opportunity to toast or roast my friends and fellow riders/racers and make mention of the events that made the year memorable.
Most impressive ride: Ray “I took a shot of rum” Nelson – hanging on for dear life in top 30 for 2/3rds of Cheq 40, only to kicked ass up FireTower climb & ride away from his group for a top 20 finish.
Guys to have best upped their game this year: Aaron Sturgis, Nate Lillie, Josh Tesch
Best funny guys to race with any day of the week: Chad Sova, Nate Lillie
Best post race story: Matt “I let my coolness get in the way” O’Meara
Best Comeback Rider of Year: Hand’s down, no contest – Todd McFadden, nothing could take this guy down- lymes, injury, cold, flu. Note to self: rumor has it, he may be part cyborg.
Best pre, post & during race friend: Tom “I’ve been known to crush freehub body’s on torque alone” Carpenter.
Best blog: …ah, I read ‘em all!
Best beat down of me in Chequamegon 100: Larry “his forearms are bigger than my thighs” Sauber. Went on to drop me like a chain in a bad & dirty drivetrain.
Most missed on the racing scene: Kelly McKnight, Matt Hudson
Enduro-guy I miss most on the XC circuit: Charlie Farrow
Guy most willing to help: Tristan Schouten
Best Twitter feeds: @Ironchefmpls
Best inspirations: from close friends, family and racers of all abilities
Best new MTB race: Deerfly Chase, Hickory Ridge Trails, Bloomer WI Oct 1st- Noah M.
Race that still comes back to conquer me – Chequamegon 40 (top 30 spot drop to finish post 100th)
Race who’s number I have dialed in – Ore to Shore Hard Rock (punctures both pre ride and during race and still manage stop a 24th place overall & 1st place 35-39)
Race I shoulda been tested for Performance Enhancers – BayCross Day 1 (best legs of season)
Best overall place for anything MTB' or ‘cross racing – anything U.P.
Worst time:… the Eastern time zone -- thank you Keweenaw Chain Drive for your 10am EDT start…agh! Oh well Matter & co. needed the 30minute headstart over me anyways.
…More to come…