The race started out with a neutral rollout on the highway leaving town. After a mile, we turned left and the real race was under way. The next mile or two were chaotic as 30+ pros and all of the experts/singlespeeders fought for position in the strong cross-wind. Bellingham friend Brian Ecker made an early solo move (on his cross bike no less), but was reeled back in. It wasn't until we took another 90 degree left onto a doubletrack that the front of the pack really started to string out. Now with a tailwind, it was a 30 mph battle to be first into the singletrack. Barry Wicks (Kona Factory Team), Patrick Means (Kona S&M racer and college buddy), and I were the first three into the singletrack. For the next few miles we fought to stay with Barry. That guy is a machine. He simply rode hard until nobody was on his wheel anymore. I was the final victim to be spat out the back of his draft.
|Start of Pro/Cat1/SS. Can you find me? Photo credit: NW Epic Series.|
|Whitney had a great race!|
Photo credit: Oregon Velo Photos.
Photo credit: Deanna Lloyd.
Oregon Cycling Action article and results: here