Race report-US Cup Race #1 Vail Lake
Written By Platinum rider Lee Jetton
Its the first race of the 2014 US Cup series, I'm on a new team, first year as a CAT 2 racer and 350 plus miles away from home. Its cool, windy and rain is in the forecast for this morning but I'm too amped up to notice. The announcer calls us to the starting line and informs us were starting with the 40-44 age group. Both groups combined is a huge field with more than forty racers taking off at once. We start and I'm in the middle of the pack trying to fight my way to the front. The course narrows down within 150 yards from the start line then opens back up to a tricky left turn onto an uneven pavement section then back on the dirt. I'm holding my own and made some passes as were making our way to the first climb, I'm feeling good and performing well throughout the race but didn't have enough to stay with the lead group. As it turns out I came in 10th out of 21 racers in my age group. I'm looking forward to Bonelli Park in a couple of weeks and moving closer to a podium finish.