This weekend TJ and I wrapped up the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) race series with the state finals in Flagstaff, Arizona. We spent the weekend in the company of some good friends, lots of dogs and the Arizona Devo crew.
Saturday's racing went off without a hitch and TJ came out with a win and the overall State Championship jersey. I decided to race with the guys for a little extra time on the bike (as they had a longer course to complete) and to help prepare me for a challenging back-of-the-pack start at next weekend's UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Czech Republic. While the race wasn't a very good one for me and I struggled with some focus and fatigue towards the end, I still managed to come away with a 4th place in the men's field (and got to share a podium with TJ!).
The Arizona Devo Team wrapped up their season with some stellar races and I couldn't be more proud of all our riders. Everyone worked hard through the season and experienced some successes and also the disappointments that inherently come with racing mountain bikes. Getting the most out of any experience (especially the challenging ones) is where you can really grow as an athlete and we saw some tremendous growth from our riders. Plus, we couldn't have pulled off a great season without the support of all our team parents--THANK YOU!!
On Sunday, TJ and I rode with our friend Brian who guided us up Mt Elden in Flagstaff for a fantastic view and to explore some of singletrack in the area. We finished the day off with some dirt-jump practice. It was a great weekend all around.
A huge thanks to our friends Melanie and Kyle Colavito for opening up their home to us while they were away and to Brian Meyer for letting us crash his house-sitting party. Another huge thanks to my sponsors! Thanks for checking in.