That was the toughest 63 miles I've ever ridden. Rainy, windy, and most especially muddy. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't manage to go farther, but I still think I did pretty well. Much to my surprise I stayed with the race leaders for the whole thing. Going in I said to myself, go your own pace, and I did. I just didn't realize that my own speed was up at the front. Most everyone dropped out by mile 63 at Sutherland, IA, but about five people went on. Last I knew two Canadians were the only ones left on the course. I think they were trying to make Algona, but much after the 6pm cutoff. It was a great race and I'll be back next year if at all possible. More to come, perhaps tomorrow.
Lastly if Mike who gave me a ride back to Ames has my Swag Bag in his van would he please contact me. It's not really a big deal, but I would like that Thompson seatpost. Just leave a comment on the blog. Thanks.