While the weather was mellow down by the coast on the beach, the coastal cooling effect leaves when you go inland. So on race Alex Howard was convinced that the temperature at the course was over 100 degrees. I like to think it was 98 degrees so i think of the boy band. It didn't help either that NMBS races have pro men racing at 2 in the afternoon.
They were alot of good heat stories from the weekend. For instance Dylan Stucki become delirous in the heat and decided that he needed to call it a day and head home. While this was a legitimate choice considering he only has a black skin suite to race in I question his decisions post throwing in the towel. Some where on the course Dylan started walking but he decided to take off his shoes and walk up a hill. You never know what the heat will do to your decision making until you experience "hot feet".
Similarly Mitch Peterson spent some time under the few trees on course trying to get his wits back. I passed and we chatted for a while and then road away from him. Then he got passed by this guy who kinda pissed him off or something and he caught me again. Then we had a drag race up the final climb. I think he started fading again after that. He's a tree hugger.
Georgia Gould wasn't the only one to be taken off in an ambulance from heat stroke. Apparently the race promoter succumbed to the heat as well after the Short Track.
This made it hard for people who were left off the results, ie Dylan Stucki.
I got to ride an Olympian's spare wheel during the XC after suffering a flat tire. Meg is osom and doing wheel changes and The Crusher Family and the Downing's are priceless at helping out wondering U23's.
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