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Saturday, August 05, 2006

When In Doubt, Go Higher



This past January, as I sat down to write down my season’s goals, I scribbled out “Top 10 at a NORBA National” and thought to myself... come on now, let’s be realistic: “Top 15 at a NORBA National”. Game on.



This past weekend in Brianhead UT, I completly surpassed my expectations, as I out sprinted Canadian National Champion Ricky Federau to break into the top 10, taking 9th place. Now if this was a spelling bee 9th wouldn’t be that great, but hey, this is the big show folks.



As we were nearing the top of the first climb I found myself at the front, pulling the world’s best and thinking to myself....”This is a really bad idea Nick, but you know what, I don’t care because that’s Fred Dreier of Velo News and he has a camera” (Thanks for the photo Fred)!



Our whole squad had reason to celebrate, winning 5 of the 8 events. The husband and wife duo of HI and JHK cleaned up the rest , showing once again that they are the world’s fastest couple. I’ll raise my bottle to that....



Hidden just beyond the painfully boring plains of western Utah lies some of the best singletrack and views I have ever seen. These moments remind me that no matter what result I walk away with from the weekend, it’s the act of packing up the car and exploring new limits that makes this culture on two wheels legit.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great picture of you up front, right on, congrats at surpassing your expectations. Keep on keepin on.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Travis Swicegood said...

I noticed your name up in the top ten when I was looking over the results. Congrats!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Congrats on that top 10 finish! I guess we can expect a top 5 finish next season, right?

7:22 AM  
Blogger John said...

Damn kid ye' be rockin' it! Mad props

8:29 AM  
Blogger Colt McElwaine said...

Nick, you are so the man!

9:16 AM  
Blogger jsager said...

jack daniels and a skin suit...i think the only thing balancing that is the mullet you've farmed behind that hat...

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Grinchman said...

Holy top 10!!! Props.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Colin Osborn said...

So what? Top five in Snowmass? I think so.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Nick we are all cheering for you in the middle Georgia area! Trek rocks!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Ian Stanford said...

9th at a NORBA. Jason, skinsuit and Jack or not that is totally allowable. Nick, never get caught in a skinsuit with a bottle of Jack again unless you break another top ten. I guess we will be seeing those photos more and more. Great job man. You have taken a big step that not many will ever get to take.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

Sweeeeeet! You are one kick-ass mo-fo!!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Martini said...

Thanks for all your support guys and gals! I don't want this site to ever become a "hey look at me" kind of gig.... I just want to give you a real life account of the ups and downs this lifestyle entails. From one dirty mountain biker to another....

11:31 PM  
Blogger Natonic Bomb said...

Kicking it with the big dogs! Nice work out there. You know that leaves us with some big expectations for snowmass...

5:56 AM  
Blogger gmney said...

Yo martini I'm super happy for ya. You should be as stoked as this guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLthhTnleso

9:13 AM  
Blogger Mom said...

I am so proud of you, Nick! I know how hard you have worked for this moment! Your #1 fan! Love ya, Mom

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Colin said...

Props Martini...big props

I remember that road from a few years ago...steep. Nice group of skinny climbers you are leading out. Walker and s%%t

Good luck at Snowmass

11:51 AM  
Blogger LilSis356 said...

Way to go, bro! I commend you for setting goals...and...EXCEEDING them! You make me proud!
Hugs,
Lil Sis

10:08 AM  
Anonymous j-lee said...

you are rockin' your dreams and it has been awesome to watch them unfold for you...keep it up!

11:19 AM  

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