The first race in the USA started off promisingly enough, making it up to 2nd around the first lap and seemingly in a great position in the front group of three heading out into the 2nd lap. It all unravelled from there though as my legs deserted me, causing a slow fade back into the large chase group and from there it only got worse. Dropping out of the top 10, eventually ending up way back in 21st by the finish. Definitely not the way I had planned to kick things off.
|Team Relay action. Photo: Michal Cerveny.|
Race day came with the first sign of potential rain after a week of perfect hot sunny days that made a joke of winter with the temperature regularly hitting the 30’s. At the start it was still dry but the sky was pretty dark and it was only a matter of time before the rain started. It made for an exciting race with the sky darkening and the temperature dropping right down over the first laps and then the rain coming on properly from the middle laps.
|Treehouse Rockgarden. Photo: Rob Jones.|
|Afterwards. Photo: Jeremy Christmas.|