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West Hill Cross

Team Bikeman - Race Reports

I traveled to VT on Sunday and put up a good fight against a tough B field in Putney. After my signature crappy start (pretty much at the back of the pack over the first set of barriers), I gobbled up a bunch of places the first couple laps, and with about 4 to go I was in contention for the top ten. I was in a large, fast group where good stratigery could gain me some spots, but any false move or slacking off would cost me places too. I pretty much owned the runup. If the race had been to run up a mountain carrying a bicycle I would have won, but the roadies put the hurt on me on the FAST cornfield part. I did my best to grab a wheel and hang on, which was tricky with the harsh yo-yo around the corners. My friends Chris and Rachel were EVERYWHERE on the course cheering for me, which helped me keep the intensity up. It was tough non-stop racing, but I felt strong and had good focus. I had just enough left to pass one more guy at the top of the runup the last time and finish 8th, which I was really happy with, especially since it earned me a pair of Putney sox.

Erik Osborn

Photos Courtesy: Nicholas Brown Photograpahy
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