today was the start of our final week in belgium. 6 races. nothing like starting it off with a world cup! brian and i along with the crew of gregory, nelle, and chris made it to the zolder track without much of an issue. the temparature seemed fine and not a ton of snow..until a few kilometers from the course. the road turned to ice and seemed like a decent amount of snow. from the first look at the course i knew it was going to be an interesting one. the only thing i can compare it to was nationals in kc w/ all the frozen ruts. the ruts were ice and snow rather than mud though. each lap it seemed the ruts were in different places! There were two or three sketchy descents with a steep run up. the photo of zach on the run up gives you a pretty good idea of the steepness.
3 laps on the course and we were off for some chill out time in the van before warmup. onto the race...another 6/7 row callup. lars boom was within reach of me on the line, he won. the start was chaos once again. pavement to frozen, rutted turns. off the bike and running again. i passed a decent amount of people and tried to get in the groove. the course was very skill oriented. i'd be rocking some sections, then all of a sudden skidding sideways trying not to blast into spectators. to give you an idea of how chaotic the start is, after one lap i was sitting around 45th place and already 2:45 down on the leaders! its a little degrading to say the least. in the end i was 48th, good enough for a solid chunk of points (even some world cup points) and maybe some money?
tomorrow is a night race around the streets of deigem. should be another interesting one.
another thank you for donations from sean burns, tony zanca, uncle mike lalonde and my parents! huge thanks to all my sponsors. absolutely zero issues with any of my equipment thus far. and an big huge thank you to my wife for her continued support!