Walsh takes 7th along with mandatory rest

According to the latest stat sheet update, Bryce is now taking his mandatory rest at TS 15 in Durango CO, as of 9:50a CDT this morning.

He should rest well: it appears he has once again passed rider Jean – Marc Velez (who passed him on the previous leg) to re-take 7th. These two have been neck-and-neck for over 24 hours now and neither looks to be giving any quarter to the other. To watch these two top athletes battle it out is exhilarating, even if the only place we can watch it is through the stats sheet.

As noted in a previous update, the course has taken a turn in the “up-up-UP” direction, but now things start get just a tiny, tiny bit better. Bryce climbed over 2100 feet to cover the 90-some miles between Montezuma Creek and Durango. Over the next 117 miles, he must climb another 1660 feet before starting downward again.

This is the sort of climb that makes an automobile start to sweat hard, forget about what it does a cyclist.

I’m still waiting for another update from the crew leader. He’s promised me a phone call early today, so stay tuned for more info.

GO TEAM WALSH!

NEWSFLASH: It appears that one of the top-tier riders, Jure’ Robic, has DNFed due to a medical condition. We all wish Jure the best and hope he’s OK — nobody likes to see a top contender DNF. Due to this situation, Walsh moves up to 6th.

Thanks for all your comments! They are being relayed directly to the crew chief and from there to Bryce. He’s lucky to have all of you to support him. Keep up the good work!

Here’s the updated map:

As always, email carter@pundo.com with questions, comments, or any changes to the race that you know about, that haven’t been captured here.

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2 Responses to “Walsh takes 7th along with mandatory rest”

  1. Alan "Randy" Matchett June 14, 2006 at 3:17 pm #

    Let’s go Bryce!!! We are all pulling for you and proud to see how well you are doing! I will be thinking about you in Michigan on Saturday at the 24 hour challenge. With your inspiration I hope to have my best 24 yet!
    I plan on stopping to cheer you on from the Maryland Time Station on my way back home to Virginia!

  2. RAAM Rider's Niece June 14, 2006 at 5:08 pm #

    I love the face on the map! That’s CLASSIC!

    Go Bryce!!

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