After a great weekend at the Missoula XC, I was happy to continue the journey in Huntsville, UT. It was incredible to spend time, riding and relaxing, in such a beautiful area with my team.
I felt refreshed and ready to race once again. It was great to be back in Colorado and I was very interested to see what the course would be like this year. I had set my expectations fairly low, based on last years course, but I was still really excited to get out and ride. The course turned out to be extremely fun and unique, with technical rocks and steep climbs, and it would make for a challenging race.
Go time was early the next day and I was on the line for my 9:30 race. It was a beautiful morning and heating up quickly. Off the start Ksenia took the lead as we began the start lap, with the rest of the category right behind us, but by the time we reached the descent first and I had formed a small gap. Going into lap1 I knew that I could be faster on the long climb and descent up ahead and wanted to use this to my advantage. I took the pass when we reached the climb and the gap grew quickly. I began the technical decent and focused on staying smooth, but hoped to continue to grow the gap here as well. I crashed, knocking the wind out of me for a second, but I quickly hopped back on my bike. Right away I noticed that my handlebars were quite crooked. I stopped for a few seconds to see if I could fix them, but had no success, and Ksenia was now close behind.
As we rode through the feed zone, she took the lead once again and we headed into the second section of the course. When we reached the long climb, in the second lap, I went for the pass, and was successfully able to grow my lead. I settled in and the gap grew throughout the lap. During the third lap I was fueled by the fact that the jr boys were close behind and I could no longer see riders from my category. I sprinted to the finish, happy to take the win and too see my teammates have such strong races.