Day 3 6:43am – As you may guess, todays action has not gotten underway yet, but I want to get started by giving a shout out to some really fast club riders from team USA. These are the blue collar riders who seldom get the recognition they deserve. So far we have some pretty impressive rides from these guys, take a look at these top ten results
C1 class: 7th Fred Hoess
C2 class: 3rd Andrew Delong, 4th Cody Schafer, 5th Wally Palmer, 6th Brian Sperle, 10th Nolan Irwin
C3 class: 4th Jordan Brandt
Probably the biggest news from day two was the loss of Cory Buttrick from the US Junior team, Cory was injured on day one and while he finished, was not able to start yesterday.
2:12 mid day: Every thing is looking pretty stable today, no big movements among the US riders. Ian Blythe is up one position in class. Taylor Robert has had a couple of good tests. Jimmy Jarrett has too, but another one was poor. Mandi Mastin has been second to Puy in a couple of tests. The US C2 riders are still very strong and Billy Burns had a great finish in test #7.
Looking at the results it looks like kind of a dull day. Of course it is quite a contrast for me as I know that being out on the course is always eventful. Sometimes it gets a little dull, but that is when mental strength really comes into play, not allowing that mistake to happen. The 5 Americans in the C2 class are really going at it, every test they are all in the top ten overall, in test 9 they are 3-7, all in a row. Jeff Fredette and Billy Burns keep going back and forth for the senior honors, not sure who is going to come out on top on that one. Jeff is pretty wily, he will keep the pace solid all week.
Day 3 is done and now just 3 more to go Today went pretty well and I moved up a few spots in the overall, but moved back two in the E2 class (which is stacked). There were four really tough sections today that took a lot out of all of us (let’s just say I’m over rocks:) I basically had to ride in first gear with my fingers on the clutch for about an hour! The new test sections were pretty cool today! -Destry Abbott
Day 3 went great!! The transfer trails are very difficult rocky uphill & downhills, but the test are fun fun! I got 2nd place in 3 out of the 9 test, ,which I am pretty stoked about! I got 3rd place for the day and moved up to 5th place for the overall for the week. The Women’s Team has also moved up another position to 2nd. Trail tomorrow is going to be difficult, but it is alll down hill from here!! – Mandi Mastin
Today is a new day for the riders with two of the same test as the first two days plus an all new route section with two new special tests. The trail section between one and two was very difficult today. The section is like an intermediate trials riding section. Gnarly rocky uphill and down hill trails. It fatigued the rider quickly before the 3rd test of the day. The trophy team, and Jr team have been putting very consistent times in on the special test. On the women’s trophy team Kerrie had front brake issues and was forced to retire/hour out at check 5.
There were no mechanical problems with the trophy or Jr team today. The USA riders have been getting worked on by the USA medical staff after the day is over. Lots of massages have been getting done at the house of pain (my hotel room). – Davey Kamo