Dylan Bartlett for the lead about 3 miles in. He did not let anyone hold him up very long which was a good thing because he only had a 30 second cushion when he came up to finish.
As I mentioned above, I was just out for a training race. It was nice to visit with my teammates. The Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park course was fast and fun. I was a little disappointed with the lack of technical features. I was told that Warsaw had some technical sections, but I did not find any. The flyer said it was "challenging" with rocks. None the less, I had a smile on my face for most of the day. That was until I got really, really hot on that 3rd lap. Not riding with a Camelbak in that heat took its effect. As you can see by the above picture, tire selection/set-up was important. All I can say is Kenda tires ROCK!
Christopher was really hoping to bring home that sweet Gold/Red/White/Blue Missouri State Championship jersey, but all he got was a printed award on paper along of course with the Gold medal (provided by USA Cycling) he worked so hard for. As you can see by Dylan's, Dalton's and his face they were not real happy campers. Hopefully the promoter can get MOBRA to come up with jerseys for all the class winners. I also talked to Andy who said that this is in the works. That is good to know.
In the mean time, I gave Christopher my jersey that I won several years ago to have. He was much happier after he put it on.
You may notice I am critical of the awards. There are several factors that go into this. One is that I feel that if you are going to promote the state championships event that you should do it right. As a promoter I always felt it was an honor to host a state championship event. Awards are very important to me, both as a participant and a promoter. I put a lot of money into awards over the years because I feel participants should be awarded something unique for their efforts. To see generic paper awards (not even class distinction) be given to class winners just is not right. Christopher has not raced in several years, but he has been involved in our events and he personally has put a lot of work into awards. So I guess he expects the same as I and was a little upset. Add in that he did not get to celebrate on the podium with a state championship jersey which might have been his last chance. He is thinking of trying out for Cross Country next year as a Junior and will put cycling on the back burner.