Upon arrival, the butterflies in my stomach were fierce! I was as nervous as can be but I got myself registered, stuck on my bib number and mixed a few concoxions into my water bottles. Basically BCAA’s and NUUN tabs.
The race was set to start at 10am with the sport category leaving 5 minutes afterwards. After a few words from the organizers, they let the elites go. As they were slowly pedalling away, the organizer yelled out, oh yeah, you’re all leaving at once. A quick look of mass confusion, but I was ready and somehow managed to get on the rear of the elites to get pulled along for the first 10km or so. Everyone was full bore full gas. I just tried to hold on. I met the second place finisher, Joe McNamara along the way, and we pairded up for the race and had the strategy of, let’s pull each other to the finish line.