Saturday, April 5, 2008

2008 Hell of the North: 3rd Time's a Charm

Finally! After getting dropped in the dirt on lap #2 in 2006, falling off the back in the dirt on lap #1 in 2007, today I was finally able to ride a complete race and hang with the lead group for all 5 laps. In fact, not wanting to finish the race without having done something aggressive, I attacked into the dirt on the last lap. Unfortunately it didn't take long to blow but luckily I was able to jump on the back of the group when they caught me and hang on to the finish.

Reed smoked us all, attacking on lap #2 and riding solo to the win. The racing Caveman also rode strong, attacking in the dirt at the end of the last lap to solo in for 2nd. I didn't have the legs to contest the finish and rolled across in 8th. It might not seem like much, but for me, after my poor performances the past 2 years, it sure felt good to finally be with the guys at the end.

I should also mention that I was fueled exclusively by CarboRocket during the race. If you haven't tried it yet click the link on the right and hook yourself up.

Results are up and posted here.

8 comments:

j_e said...

Well done. I'd have liked to be there, but ... well ... you know how soft I am.

Seriously good effort to get a Top 10 and drop a few packs in your wake.

primetime formerly known as slyfox said...

reed and caveman are cat 5 sandbaggers, experts and pros, give you guys a break...

KanyonKris said...

You put it together and rode strong - good job!

bradkeyes said...

I thought about it. Not a fan of the flats, get my corn kicked. Good job.

Boudie said...

congrats. Glad Reed wasn't in my group. That boy needs to upgrade to 4 then 3 quickly. He just doesn't do the road that much. Who is the caveman?

I am Matt said...

Sweet. I was too wussy to show. Maybe next year.

Piotrek said...

It's all about perspective. I got the same placing as last year, but what a different race it was!

KanyonKris said...

Nice shameless plug for CarboRocket - Brad should be happy. ;-)

I was drinkin' the Rocket too - hydrating before the race and took maybe 2 drinks during the race. HoN is so short I don't think it was a good test. Cholla should be a little better test; White Rim much better. As a fan of CarboRocket, you are obligated to do White Rim so you can testify from personal experience. :-)