Another year and another Sea Donkey... And other 7th place! If you think you've read this story before, its likely that you have. Despite all the controlled chaos that is Sea Otter, I do love this event. There's no other time of the year that you can expect to race, and go directly to a dance party, DJ'd by a good friend with dancing bananas and free beer. There's also never a time that you can expect to spend as much time on your feet, or have lips that are so chapped.... It's always windy, you usually get sunburnt and god its good to see everyone!
It seems like every year here, the racing is a crap shoot... this year wind was the mean mistress, and the course was mega fast and flat. It was group racing at its finest. There wasnt anything technical that could really create any separation (other than an uphill sandpit, what is this golf?) and it was easier to sit on wheels and follow than ever try to attack out into the wind. I stuck it out in the front group of about 6-7 until lap 4 when a little mechanical bobble left me chasing. It was stupid, I was shifting under pressure on the most high speed and bumpy part of the course... Totally did it to myself. But It meant that I got to spend the second half of the day in the chase group. I ended up sprinting in for 9th, solid, but left me wanting more.
Fortunately for me, I've got more coming this weekend. Whiskey 50 is on tap, I'm actually sitting in the airport right now, and I am PUMPED! This is the kind of racing that I am most excited about these days, and its gonna be rad. I've tried to make it out here for a long time, but the timing has never been right. Last year I was on the road for a month, and had flown nearly 30k miles during those four weeks, and was too shelled and bailed at the last moment. This year though... Its gonna be great! Mostly because what I am most psyched about these days is riding in incredible places with good people, and having an awesome time during the process. Big circles this weekend in place of all the little ones we did at sea otter; lets go!