I managed to win the Allan Butler Memorial Crit again, which means quite a bit to me. I don’t understand why all of Utah Cycling doesn’t do this event. Great community, solid prize list, only 3 hours from SLC, remembering the best teammate I ever had… I guess that one is a little personal. Anyway, the race itself was tactically weird. Bob’s had two guys in the race (Chris and Kai) , they both made the break, and wouldn’t ride because we had three. There was a good bit of banter there, but it’s all in good fun and I respect them both. In any case, it got weirder as we lapped the field going into the last corner. I lead it out, so had my choice of lines through the melee and took it in front of Chris, Chase, and Kai. Dustin rode himself out of the break a couple laps earlier, but held on for 5th, and Tyler got 10th. A solid team effort. I can’t explain how nice it was to be racing with the guys after an uplanned summer break. And just seeing Allan’s family… it’s a big deal for me and I’ll try to make it up there every year.
We had a super nice family weekend as well. The hotel we stayed at was pretty reasonable ($75) with a free breakfast buffett. After breaky, we went swimming in the hotel pool, had a nice stroll along the Snake River, down to the falls the city (Idaho Falls) was named after, then a calorically dense lunch before the drive home.
I am saving all the family stuff for Kelly, but here’s the customary post race shot:
EDIT: Ooopsies… I was trying to end this post quickly and left out that Sunday was Haley’s 5th birthday!! We will have a party next weekend, but we snuck a couple gifts into the car for her to open on the actual day. Mom- she LOVED the horses and the book! We also got her a Disney princess CD,which did not at all make me want to gauge my ears out on the drive home. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years and my little Haley-bird is going off to school in a couple weeks!