It's been a while since my meltdown in Canada. I've spent the time constructively and fairly focused - training for the last races of the year. Some friends of mine dragged me out for some long rides on my cross bike, which was a good thing. I told them if I win money in England it's my shout when I got back. I guess I owe them.
24 Hours of Landahl
This was the event's first year and the field was small - but I think it will catch on quickly. The fairly technical course is about 11 miles long, with short climbs and is mainly single-track in the trees - hard not to like that!
Doug Long lives in the area. He and I had raced against each other in West Virginia a few times, so it was a change to be on the same team. Doug's fast. He recruited Lyle Riedy, another fast local and John George, a friend of mine and team mate at Moab for many years. John, who is also fast, grew up in the area and it turns out Doug and he both wrestled on high school teams about the same time, knew the same guys etc. Small world.
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