Sunday, October 18, 2009

Back 2 Back Peak 2 Peak

Back again for the Peak to Peak fall classic. This year the race grew with almost 500 racers in attendance. This race has a little bit for everyone. Fast technical downhills, long flat power sections, lung busting climbs, and not to mention a beer tent. Nice! Endoman promotions did a great job with the venue and with bringing in tough competition.

The first lap went out with a bang as Anderson attacked like a maniac about half way through which pulled out me and Derek Graham... very similar to last year. Derek pounded away at the pedals up the back side of the ski hill on lap one. We would trade pulls all the way to the middle of lap three where Derek and Anderson got tangled up with a lapped racer. I steered around the tangle and kept moving on. Anderson bridged shortly, which left just the two of us to duke it out on the last lap.

It came down to the final ascent up the ski hill on the final lap where I distanced myself from Anderson on the early slopes, and kept a little gap over the top. I kept the pressure on through the downhill and rolled in for the win!

Getting the win feels great coming into the final weeks of the Iceman preperations. It was a long race at just over 2-1/2 hrs, so I think that may have played to my benefit.

Thanks goes out to Endoman promotions for putting on another great event to add to the fall classics in Michigan. The legs are coming around and I'm feeling good for the final show down of the year at Iceman. I cant wait!


Steve Kinley said...

Nice job, are you coming out to the LOHS race next week? $$ class if you can get some people to show up.

singletrackchronicles said...

I need to learn how to create distance on the climbs....

Well done!

Fabrice Portes said...

Nicely done Mike, I was there to witness your move on the last climb as you lapped me toward the end (which seems to be a trend after Mohican and Lumberjack). You were so deep in the pain I forgot about mine a moment. You actually had a good gap on Anderson and I remember thinking there were no way he could pass you anymore. There's no room to pass on the singletrack and then there's no much ground that can be gained on the DH section.

roger said...

Congratulations Mike! Love the podium shot with the SuperFly! Missed you at Iron Cross. Good luck at Iceman.