It was really cool lining up close to Lance as well. The whole time before the start of the race you could tell he was very confident and calm. You could tell that nothing really could have distracted him. They sent us off up the Fanny Hill fire road and things spread out rather quickly. Still thinking like I am in Europe, at the start I went as close to the front as I could get. For a good 45 seconds I was right next to Lance. I don't think he was even breathing. I stayed with him and the lead group until we hit the single track and then the group of 10 of us really spread out. At this point I just rode my race for the rest of the two laps. I knew this was a good course for me, and that I am in good forum. And really for the whole race there was not too much more I could have done to ride faster. I still felt like I had a few cobwebs in the legs after not racing for a while, but by the second lap I felt like I was going close to 100%. And my shoulder didn't hurt once the day of the race, another good sign after the past few weeks. I am really happy with how things turned out at Snowmass. I felt like I was able to show that I am fit and this season was not a waste. I know I still have some more good rides in my legs.
Since Snowmass, not too much has changed. Still riding often, getting my finances all set, and trying to plan for next year. If there is one thing I have learned this year especially its that I need to be the one in control of my future. Its a bit more work, but hopefully if things turn out how I am hoping, it should make for a really good season next year. Thanks again to everyone and their help! It has been greatly appreciated! A huge thanks to John Polli at Bikeparts.com and John Copeland at All American!