Gotta give credit where credit is due, this time credit is due late apparently (Team Manager has been way too busy for his own good). A couple weeks ago, a member from our DC Crew, Matt Bartlett competed at the Devil's Backbone Cross event somewhere between Charlottesville and Lynchburg, Virginia. Out of the 135 entrants, Matt finished in tenth place overall!
Now, I don't know what's a more ginormous achievement, though. Matt finishing 10th overall or Matt finishing 20 minutes behind the event winner, Jeremiah Bishop of the MonaVie/Cannondale Cycling Team? For those of you who don't know who Jeremiah Bishop is...he is a pretty burly pro in the mountain and cyclocross scene. And when I say burly, I mean USA National Champion in the Short Track and Marathon Mountain Bike Events, burly. Burly. Burly.
Matt and the team are super proud of his result and his finishing time of 3 hours and 58 minutes. That's just a tad under 4 hours on a BURLY 62 mile course with about 6,000 feet of climbing. According to the organizers the course was 50% paved, 50% dirt, but I don't believe them. Accodring to Matt the course came in around 60-70% dirt.
Considering how well Matt did this year (as a non-pro) I'm thinking that next season, Team TOMS will have to field an all on off-road assault and see if we can't creep onto the podium!
As of 5:52am, September 15, 2009...I officially have retired the word burly from my vocabulary.
Congratulations go out to Matt on his...................err................KICKASS ride! :)