Since then my focus has changed completely. I sold my XC bike, bought a new full face, some body armor and entries into all of the Big Mountain Enduro Races as well as the Enduro World Series race in Aspen. I needed a change and enduro was calling my name.
We continued on our way, pedaling over to Buttermilk resort for stage 2. This stage was full of high speed tree sections, pedal grabbing roots and rock, and blind corners. I was getting more and more excited for race day! These courses were looking awesome and hard! My feelings soon changed as we rode over to Aspen for stage 3. This would turn out to be one of the longest stages of the weekend clocking in at over 17 minutes. Between the high speed gravel road sections and the tight rutted out switch backs I knew the stage would be a challenge.
Day 2 of practice went well. Stage 4 was pretty straight forward with berms and small Cooper sized jumps up top and moving into tight loose corners at the bottom. I was excited for this stage! It was the longest stage of the weekend at over 5 miles! Stage 5 was short and sweet, fast flowy corners in and out of the woods onto the open ski run to a speed dumping right hander into the finish. Stage 6 was where things got gnarly. I had heard about this stage from several people and knew that I would be picking my way down the stage. I was feeling okay about my line choices up until the "waterfall" part of the track where there was a mandatory drop. The drop itself wasn't so bad, it was the run in and the out run where things got sketchy. Have I mentioned how LOOSE everything was? After rolling into the gosh darn thing 6 times I finally hit it. It wasn't pretty but it didn't have to be.
Thankful that practice was finally over Phil and I headed to dinner and then to the racer meeting before hitting the hay (after ice cream of course).
Race Day 2: Riding over to the start all I could think about was how sore my arms were from the previous day but thankfully my legs felt pretty good. This was a really good thing considering stage 4 was going to be a burner! On the chair up to stage 4 it rained briefly which was actually a blessing for the loose berms up top. I knew I had to make up some time after my horrendous stage 3 and things were looking good up top. Was able to make a clean pass, and kept it rolling down to the tight part of the stage where I was able to make a second clean pass. Unfortunately shortly after my arms started to feel VERY fatigued and wasn't able to hold in a destroyed right hander and went down. I got up quickly and continued on to finish the stage. Later I found out that I had been able to make up some time and finished 6th on Stage 4! Stage 5 came and went, nothing too exciting to report. Rode fairly safe, after the bottom of stage 4 I just wanted to finish strong! Still managed a top 10 finish on Stage 5 and was sitting in 9th place overall! I couldn't believe it!
Who knows what what would have come of the results if they would have kept stage 6. Only half of the field was down and the fastest were yet to come. I ended up keeping my 9th place position and the fastest USA woman rider! After a difficult weekend I was beyond excited with that result! Now time to get ready for the 4th BME stop in Steamboat!