Border Battle “Juncture”
+ 5 weeks since last race
+ 99 riders toed the line
+ 3 fast laps
+ 3:24.6 minutes back
+ 14th overall
Seeley Pre Fat Juncture
The 2011 Seeley Pre Fat was a race I had highlighted on the calendar back when the ‘10 season ended. It’s a race the boasts a great venue (downtown Seeley), a great field of riders, and an atmosphere that many riders will tell you is the reason they race.
As we toed the line you could tell this years race brought out some top riders from the Midwest including some pro roadies. The roll out was calm and relaxed for about a half a mile and that is when the roadies took advantage of the mix of ski trails and logging roads. The attacks started and the pace quickly picked up.
By the time the race hit the first single track section three groups had formed; the lead group of 6 or 8 that included hometown boy Chad Sova and the always-fast riding Todd McFadden. I found myself in the third chase group of about 15 riders.
With the perfect amount of open sections and single track we were able to work a bit catch riders who had popped and to drop riders as well. The pace fast but nothing that made me feel that I was on the verge of popping.
By the second lap of the single track our group was down to four. Daniel Logan and I attacked on the single track and traded pulls to gap the riders behind us. We spilled out onto the final ski trail section and chased onto the wheels of two more riders before we spilled out onto the railroad bed for the final sprint to the finish. I latched onto Daniels wheel and that was all I could do. I rolled across the line with a top 20 spot and was really pleased with the race that I had. Pat Lameiux took the win by three seconds over Todd and Chad rounded out the top three.
Another Pre Fat in the books and it didn’t disappoint with a fast course, tight single track, and tough competition.