Stage 3 - Mt Guyot. Quite possibly my best day ever on the mountain bike!
Felt really good and got better sleep last night (on the ground). Peppy and starting to acclimate a bit.... Same routine as last few days - some good some bad. Started with another ~6mi climb and the pro and div leaders are all in front (green jerseys), then 30+ and then old farts div. Last couple days I am working on the road start to try and get up to the first 1/3 of the group. No shifting issues today at all. stoked! My legs felt great from the start and I was just picking off riders every other switchback or so. Once we got off the singletrack I put in an effort and just felt so good! Getting to the front of anyone I could see and then we had the fist downhill descent that was gnarly and so awesome along the river and old miner stuff. I have never had the feeling as powerful as I had all today with my bike being an extension of my body.
Just like the last couple days at the top of the climb and starting the decent I started to dream. . . and then my dreams got crushed! I laughed when I thought about the quote from Francesco in Finn's favorite movie Cars: "To truly crush one's dream, you must first raise their hopes very high".
Flying over rock on rock I made about 4 passes and the last guy I went around I ripped my tire. Previous to this I was not doing anything crazy. Maybe 60-70% on the downhills but this was reckless abandon full throttle letting it fly. Fun! Who cares about another flat. I used up my CO2 and then got a pump from someone and then waited for Evan to ride for a bit.
The climb up My Guyot and the decent down George Pass to the Colorado Trail was the best of the best. Unreal. I have never had so much fun ridding down a trail. Wet soil and slippery roots in every direction through a dark and tight forest lined with green moss and rocks in every direction. Sliding into turns, bumping around trees, fee flowing like water rushing down a river. Cannot even express but always will be my happy place.
I rode balls out the rest of the day. Some of the best downhill sections I have ever ridden anywhere. Climbing was insane. One turn after another UP UP UP. My legs felt good. My heart was exploding. I love MTB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!