We are all Ninjas
So Stage 6 came and went. Chad Nikolz jumped in the car with me so we could feed Broadmark as well as the Axley USA Super Hyper Hit Squad Go. In retrospect, this may have been more energy than a Chevy Van can contain. While Rad was a calming influence Chad and I fed off each others energy as well as 16 Red Bulls for an exciting day. A very exciting day.
Other then locking up the brakes at 60 mph and nearly killing Team Mesa's caravan car the race was mild until Blue Knob Mark II. Then the field exploded. Chad was passing out water and power hand-offs like candy. We found Trevor and debated if it was ethical to pull him to the front at 60 mph. Chad almost had me conviced when Trevor, perhaps fearing for his life, let go. We found Adam as well. The dude was fighting through Stage 7 of on eof the hardest US Cycling Races. And he'd only been Cat 2 for 2 weeks.
Derik's cage broke, dropping him from the main group. We took the cage and tried to help him up but he decided to wait for Trevor. We got up to the field and found Lang and Omer. After feeding the whole group (with minor preference given to Axley, BMark and Priority Health) we sped up to chase 4 were we found Nick. We were then deputized by the race as comm 4 and told to stay with the chase. Dude, you are all DQ'd for not waiting for Lang and Omer! Take that. It was crazy. But, you probably had to be there.
Today we are all Ninjas. Trevor and Adam missed the cut for the crit but Derik, Omer and Lang have plans to pulll off the upset.
Stepping back I am proud of these guys. Our GC results aren't great but we made it through with all our riders. I think with a little more savvy/experience we could have gone better. We got caught out in some crashes maybe we could have avoided. Derik's mechanical is a lesson learned. I know I learned a lot about driving. Like never do it again. Omer's leadership was invaluable, even when it came at 60 mph viia 2 middle fingers extended in my direction :) And I think we might be having the most fun. So eat that Toyota United.
I can't wait to get home and see my wife and kid though, and I miss my bike too.