AMain.com’s Kyle Warner has been having a solid year with podiums at just about every race he has entered in 2015. Warner won two stages at the recent National Championships, but unfortunately a crash prevented the overall win. Read his first hand report below:
I just finished up the 2015 National Champs at Mammoth Mountain. This was actually the first year for the USAC national champs to include Enduro as a discipline so it was a pretty cool part of history to be a part of. Obviously the goal going into this race was to win and I truly felt confident in my ability to take the title this year. The course was two really technical 4-5 minute tracks and two long 10 minute tracks with some really fun technical sections.
The first track of the day was on the 4 minute pro DH course and with a 8 am start time it was definitely a shock to the system and I wanted to make sure to get down the track clean to start the day of right. I ended up riding a little too conservative and took 5th on the first stage 12 seconds off the win.
The next two stages were the longer 10 minute tracks with some decent pedaling and some really technical descending. I felt confident going into these two tracks and ended up taking the win on both stages despite passing 5 people on stage two and having two small crashes and some banged up shoulders on stage three.
Going into stage 4 i was in second place and 8 seconds off the lead and knew that i had to have a 110 percent run to claw back the time for the win. I pushed as hard as I possibly could the whole track and ended up making a really costly mistake pushing too hard on a turn right into a climb that lost me a ton of time. I was disappointed after that mistake but cruised down the rest of the course and went into third overall.
Not what I wanted but I left nothing on the table and was really happy with the effort I gave. I know where i lost the race and I know what I need to work on for the future but I did gain a lot of confidence after this weekend knowing that I can beat the best guys in the nation with imperfect runs. Next year I want the stars and bars and I am excited to carry this confidence into the remainder of the season.
Thank you for all the support this year!