AN UPDATE FROM STEVE LARIOS
Squiggy was a hoot. First, I can’t say enough about what a great job Birgit and Jessica did. This is one of the best organized and skater friendly races in the country now. That is evident by the huge number of bad-ass pro skaters from all over the world that show up for it. The quality of the field was pretty scary.
Team Asphalt Beach-K2 placed 3rd in the Team Time Trial event on Saturday. We covered the 7 mile course in 21:48.28. It was Jessica, Harwell, and me. We lost to the Texas team that had Hernan Diaz and Renee Coffman by 21 seconds, and the Simmons Team – who killed the course in 18:49. It was good to be on the podium given that competition – and Harwell held a K2 Pro Longmount for the official photo.
The marathon was a great result for Jessica. She got 6th in Pro Elite Women with 1:19:54 – her best marathon result to date.
Bob Clare and I finished together in 1:23:09. Harwell was a little back at 1:23:58. That’s 11th, 12th & 15th in Pro Master Men. We probably lost 4 or 5 minutes due to all the rink-rat grab-ass in the pack. We would either skate 23mph or 16 mph – those kids would race anyone that went to the front to pull. It was kinda frustrating, but that’s racing.
We got some good publicity for our team and sponsors. I’m needing to skate some hill repeats between now and Texas