October 29, 2006

First UCI Win at Beacon Cross

Cyclingnews.com race report.
Today was the Beacon cross UCI race in Bridgeton, NJ. "Amphitheater of Pain" and "The Beach" were true to their names and were deciding factors. I was sitting on Frattini and Sundt feeling good, but not sure how those two were feeling so I just chilled. It seemed like Sundt was fast on the flats, but lacked the high end on the two runs and Frattini had a poker face, but didn't seem to be working too hard. I accelerated through the technical part and dropped Sundt half way through. I let Frattini pull a few times but it seemed like I could go faster so I took control. Shortly after, Frattini flatted close to the pits and I was able to get a good gap. He had a really fast bike change and all of sudden was coming back to me, but was never able to get closer than 5 seconds. I had it pinned in the red zone for 3 laps holding a 5 second lead, my running and dismounts felt strong and smooth and I even had an extra gear on the flats to hold him off. It was definitely a challenging course and with Sundt and Frattini only seconds behind made it a pretty tense race. I couldn't believe I held them off after I crossed the line, I was surprised at taking my first win at a UCI event with those guys there but it's been a long time coming and I'm excited to finally brake through for a big win.
Tomorrow I fly home and get back on the mountain bike for one last time, I'm really looking forward to a relaxed drive to Michigan this weekend as opposed to 5 lanes at 85mph on I95 deathway like the last few weeks.
Out

19 comments:

Ryan Baumann said...

You knew the big "W" was comming Tristan...

Great race!

Anonymous said...

Nice job Tristan!! Can't wait to see some pics!!

C Money

TimB said...

Congratulations! After your illness you've obviously fought back super well. I haven't raced cross as it is a world away as it isn't in Australia much at all, but it sounds awesome ! You made cyclingnews.com also ....

Cheers,

tim

Donut said...

That is PRO.

kyle j said...

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Holy cow!
Congrats man, that is an awesome result!!
-holmes

BIWAN said...

Nice work Tristan. Glad to see your feeling better.

Anonymous said...

ok so i thought your new york experience was awesome....this blows that away. awesome win! good prep for iceman! JM

Hauser said...

Nice Tristan, very sweet, you work your tail off deserve it! Will be cheering for you at the Iceman.

Seth said...

congrats Tristan keep it going!!

TJ said...

AWESOME! Well done my friend...

D A N O said...

NICE!

Sarah Lukas said...

ah excellent of course! loved to hear that ya got a UCI win!

Anonymous said...

Nice Job Tristan! Great to see you busting out on the scene. See you this weekend.
Paul S.

Anonymous said...

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Matt said...

Excellent job....make us midwesterners proud!

Matt said...

Excellent job....make us mid westerners proud!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats from up north in the U.P.

Brandon said...

BAD ASS!

-BGAVIC