Shortly after the C's started, everyone groaned as the crossing signals came down and a train passed through. Depending on the length of the train, the C's could gain a serious advantage. However, the train proved short enough to not affect the race outcome. We caught the B's and C's (not sure the order or on what lap, lap 2?), but some of the B's stuck with us and put in a great effort. Of special note was Lindsy Campbell who came in among the top 10 overall! Great job, Lindsy!
On the 4th lap, Nate went off the front and the other NRO riders rode defensively. As we rounded the last turn, the headwind was fierce and Nate was reeled in. His effort ended up working perfectly for his teammates though. In the last few hundred meters, Shaun began "leading me out". There was no way I could stay on his wheel though and Shaun ended up getting the perfect lead out from Dan who had been setting the pace up front. From the finish line video you can see that the power they produced in the last 200m kept anyone from finishing very close. Nice work guys. Incredible effort, Shaun!
Thanks, Charlotte, for the photos and video! And thanks Alex and the guys from Missoula Bicycle Works for organizing this year's event. Watch the race finish HERE.