I finally had the ride I've been looking for on the snake for about the last 8 years. I new it would take the right combination of things to make it happen and it seemed like this year things just lined up for me. It didn't rain, I had the best legs of the season and the race just played out in my favor. I was really strong today and almost felt like I had a throttle on the climb, it's a special feeling. I also had the unknown rider going so kinda flew under the radar of a lot of the guys.
I wasn't suffering at all on the climb and could really stand up and just put the power down and my recovery over the top was great.
I think everyone was suffering more and more with the heat late in the race and once we were away that late we were able to stay away and ended up catching Paul Martin after dropping his chain late. We didn't catch the lead rider, but I was able to outsprint the Marcotte and Martin for 2nd on the day. I was blown away taking a sprint against those two, it was a pretty special feeling standing on the podium at the race I've been coming to for about 10 years and dreaming of winning. I think this is one of the races I imagine winning when I am riding he trainer in January and when the result finally happens looking back at the hardwork really makes it that much better.
Jamie and Ellie got to enjoy watching it and it's been a really fun weekend so far with the team and everyone here. We plan on staying and racing two more days, but now that the snake is over and I got the result I was looking for the next two will be fun and with 80+ degree weather it will be an awesome weekend.