So today was the Leadville 100. I felt really strong and took the lead from the start. My heart rate was low and I seemed to be coping well with the altitude. After about 26 miles I was shocked to see team mates Alban Lakata and Robert Mennen riding back towards me. They shouted that we were going the wrong way! Once I'd rejoined the course, I'd gone from 1st to 4th position. Gutted. I chased alone in the wind until the bottom of Columbine, but I'm sad to say that I had a motivation 'dip'. Eventually I pulled it together and worked my way back up to 2nd position overall. I'd have dearly loved to win the race and break the course record, but c'est la vie. It's not the first time that riders have been sent off course in a race and I'm sure it won't be the last.
I'll write more about my Leadville experience and also my time trail riding in Breckenridge - amazing place! - soon.
Huge congratulations to team mate Alban Lakata on winning the race despite his extra miles off course. Amazing ride Alban!