I started the race as fast as I could, chasing Shawn Bunnin from Calgary to try and win the $50 for fastest first lap. He was too fast and I reminded myself that I had 8 hrs to go. He was on a team so he had half the amount of dinner on his plate. I continued to keep him in my sites for the first 4 hrs and was holding 1st place solo and was sitting 2nd overall behind the teams. Right around 4hrs my future Trans Rockies teammate Jonathan Firth, also on a two man team, came racing by Shawn and myself like we were standing still.
I kept track of my average speed and watched it slowly deplete. Starting out at 16.8 km/hr and finishing at 15.8, my goal was to not let it drop below 15.5. I didn’t ask my pit crew how far ahead I was until around 5hr mark and they told me 10 min or so. That felt comforting but I know that Luke is strong racer and could attack at any time. As I kept doing laps I also kept gaining time on Luke. My pit crew, John Gibson and Naomi Humenny where the best pit crew ever. Naomi just got off a night shift and hadn’t slept but each lap continued stuffing food in my face. Gibby cleared all of the mud out of my rear wheel and oiled my chain. Thanks you two. A huge role in my successful day.
So everything went good for me, my bike held up and so did I. I finished the race after 7:30 hrs, 13 laps, 110 km, 3800 meters of climbing. 1st place, 3rd overall and very happy. All that I had to do next was drive back to Nelson…I got home and was in bed around 12:30 am. Long day.