My other goal for 07 was to get faster on the downs. This was something that Jesse Swift helped my out with all season. Actually it seems like every time I ride with Jesse I am riding faster and faster down hill trying to keep up with him. One of these days I will get him, maybe a goal f0r 08.
This year I also made plenty of mistakes. One being the amount of time I spent on the road this year. Yes, road riding can make you wicked fast, but it also comes as a price. I believe that many of my crashes where from too much time on the road before the bigger races. I also know that I did too many road races for 2007. I had some great results, one of which was a win, but once again I am a mountain biker, so training like a road racer is backwards int he direction I need to be going in. One of my worst crashes this season was on the road, this took me out of the Colorado State Champs and set my back a week or two in race preparation.
At the beginning of the year, I had a team built up with a friend from the valley that was supposed to work out of a bike shop in Aspen riding on Orbea bikes, Unfortunately that never panned out. Luckily, Jesse had room for me and was able to make room mid way through the season for me and was able to give me A level support on the Go Fast/bikeparts.com team. This was probably the best thing that happened to me in 2007. It also reminded me why being around great friends is the best way to prepare for the big events, not only on the bike, but in life in general.
On to the next chapter. For 2008, Well, just like 2007 I hope to ride fast, hopefully faster, smoother and have even more fun than I did this year. I have some more specific goals in mind for 08, yeah some maybe a little high, but like they say, "shoot for the moon, even if you don't make it you will land with the stars." Or some shit like that. I will be mainly focusing on the NMBS Series races for next year with only a few appearances at Mountain States Cup Series races. While all the details are a little fuzzy, I managed to get some sponsored money for some of the further away races and will try to aim for a spot at the Monte Ste Anne World Cup this summer. And before the new year starts, I only think it appropriate to thank the following people for making the past year what it was.
Jesse Swift Sam Jurekovic
Brian Laiho Matt Unger
Colin McKearnan Rhiannon Henning
Nicole Henning Josef Karas
Fred Norquist Nelson and Julie Oldham
Sarah and John Villafranco Dylan Stucki
Greg Carpenter Ben Kraushaar
Nic Degross Tad Eliott
Matt Cramer Everyone at Go Fast/Bikeparts.com and Peak Cycles in Golden
Rick Crawford Dave Hagen
Ross Schnell James Otis and everyone at the Western Slope Devo Road team
Maverick Bikes Dustin Belcher
Oakley Maxxis Tires
and everyone else who I forgot to put on this list, thanks and happy new year!