I made the cross-country trip for the last time this season for the Wilderness 101, fortunately I had the company of my friend and teammate Erica Teizen. The day before the race it rained extremely hard and I was starting to think I had made a mistake by only bringing my race tread tires, fortunately it stopped raining mid afternoon giving the course time to dry up.
The morning of the race it was not raining but a blanket of fog was set in giving an eerie feel to the start of the day. The first climb was kind of a hard tempo so by the top there was still a large group, nobody really wanted to go to the front and start really racing. After the first aid station the group started to split and the pace became a bit more serious, by the time we came through the section called three bridges the front group was down to 6 or 7 and we started a pace line into aid 2 out of aid 2 things really broke up and I found myself up front with Shalk and Beck we paced each other for the next hour. Shalk and Beck slowly dropped me at the end of a long climb and was caught by Etough soon after and we started to work together to catch the front-runners.
We got word that they were 2 minutes up and Chris laid down an insane pace on a steep techy downhill and we soon caught the lead two. The 4 of us rode together for about a half hour then things started to split after aid 4. That was when Shalk and Etough dropped myself and Beck. This was the low point of my race, I had made bad drop bag decisions and had gone to long without water. Slowly I started to feel better and was able to push hard for the last 20 miles dropping Beck and almost caching Etough. I ended up in 4th place because of a strong surge from Tanguy pushing me out of third, still making it a great day for me.