March 10, 2020 - Race summary
Racers were greeted with a chill in the air but wonderful sunshine on Saturday morning. The village of Alto Pass, IL filled with riders and families for a great day of gravel racing. I anticipated a strong ride thanks to my Custom Blend Protein and Infinit Hydration formulas. At 9 am 250 riders rolled out for the neutral start. Previous experience has been a strong 20 mph plus on the rollers heading out to the gravel and today didn't disappoint. I got into my rhythm and the first two hours vanished!!! Feeling great and downing my "Punch it Up" custom drink via my CamelBak. The next ten miles were a challenge, several technical climbs filled with ruts, moon rocks, and sand. I admit my skills lacked and I lost time. I joined a strong group of riders for the next several miles as we rode back north towards the finish. The final two miles including approximately one mile of climb on Highway 127 to Alto Pass. At the finish I had a new PR by cutting 26 minutes off my previous time. Finishing 39 of 61 finishers in Men's Masters. Had I rode open class with the younger folks it would have placed me at 110 of 160 finishers. Thanks to Infinit Performance for powering my workouts leading to today's race and keeping me hydrated on my way to a great PR!!