We had a great day on Saturday, all things considered.
Eric Ellis beat the Cat 5C Field into submission on the climb to Snowbird and took the win by more than 8 1/2 minutes! Amazing ride!
We also had Andy, Pat, Joel, Bonn, Christian, Mason and Ian all race well.
We have most of the water bottles that we recovered from the race over at SBR. If you took bottles and were wondering what may have happened to them after the race, go in and see if they have made their way to SBR. (Likewise, if you have bottles that don't belong to you take them in). I know that there were a bunch from Eric and Joel there.
Mason, pick up your cooler at SBR.
All of the racers need to pay Dan $8.00 for the musette bags. Katie Woodward (Mike's wife) made the bags and Dan payed for the materials. We would like to be able to compensate Kate for her time and pay for the bags. If you still have musette bags take them into SBR, Dr. Creer's office, or give them to Mason or Dan so that we can use them in future events.
Be sure to thank Kyle and all of the guys at SBR for the work that they do for the team and for the sponsorship, deals and work that we receive. I know that Kyle is a friend of most of you already, and if you don't know him you should. So stop in and tell him you appreciate all they do for us.
Here are a few pictures of the race taken by Dr. Creer and Kyle out of the team car.
Eric Ellis (in blue jersey) and Andy Earl with the leaders above Sundance on the Alpine Loop.
Andy grabs a food break in the lead group on Alpine Loop.
Andy (3rd) and Eric (4th) are climbing well near the 3k to go mark on the Loop.
Andy in the aspen trees, followed by Eric.
1k to the KOM on the Alpine Loop.
Alpine Loop KOM - Andy and Eric in the lead Group.
Eric and Andy lead a select group of remaining riders to the top of Suncrest.
Andy working hard with Eric on the final 8% grade of Suncrest.
Four remain after the Suncrest decent - pulling on Highland Drive.
Eric leads the last contender around the corner onto the Little Cottonwood Canyon climb to Snowbird...
...And attacks, dropping him in the first 100 yards!
Eric catching Bonn from the Cat 4 group. Bonn would finish in an excellent 6th place.
Bonn contemplating "Selling his soul for water" as the LCC Devil taunts.
Eric climbs to victory.
Andy crossing the line in 12th place 21:29 down from Eric - a great ride!
Pat finishes the race at Snowbird.
Thank you to all who helped make the ride a success for UVU.
Thank you to Kyle and Dr. Creer for driving the team car, taking care of last minute repair issues, and "feeding the horses" during the race.
A big thank you to Bonn's family, and fiancee for running feed zones.
Mason's brother and "that girl he's dating" - Sara Ashley, did great driving a SAG vehicle for the fast boys on the team.
Kat, Pat's fiancee and her family also drove a SAG car for Pat, Joel and Dan - A special thank you to Kat for giving me that last musette bag on the Alpine Loop, I definitely would not have suffered through that climb without the food in there!
And the biggest "ooh-rah" goes out to Mike for making the ride possible for the UVU team. Way to go Mike, we missed having you on the roads suffering with us!
We hope that this ride will continue into the future.
Our best wishes are with the riders (and their families) injured in the crashes on the Alpine Loop decent and at the mouth of American Fork Canyon. We hope and pray you have a full and speedy recovery.