Monday, February 01, 2010

What got into Brad the Impaler?

With 500 points going to the mens winner and 300 up for grabs in the women's race, we knew heading in that there was potential for some very large numbers. But even in spite of that, Brad pulled off a massive win that occasioned a collective vicarious jaw dropping by the rest of the field. He picked up 1660 points yesterday and finished more than 400 points ahead of the day's second place finisher. That honour would go to Jonah, the only one to have the top two finishers in the men's race. With 950 points right there, he finished with 1250 points. Jonny B rounded out the podium with a 1230 point day.

In the overall race, Jay finally completed the monumental comeback he's been working on for the last couple of months. He beat Gary 1040-710 yesterday. Having been 1500 points back at one point, he now has a lead of over 200 points. So we have a change atop the standings for the first time in a long time. Gary and Jay have been 1st and 2nd since Nov. 28. Third place changed hands too, to make it a complete shake-up of the podium. Brad has bumped me from the podium and now stands atop the final podium step.

Full results here.

As for the early morning gathering to watch the real race live on the big screen, there was good food on hand and good company as well. The only thing lacking was a video feed. But if good times can be had by watching Twitter race updates on the big screen, then that is exactly what we had.

The season isn't over yet. there are still three weeks or so to go. Can Jay hold on?


KK said...

Brad can only take being poked with a stick for so long. Sooner or later he's going to lose it. He's a real life Hunk, I mean Hulk. HULK!

Brad the Impaler said...

I watched the race on Universal Sports yesterday afternoon. Nys looked really tired. He tripped up one of the stair run ups, tripped over a barrier, face planted on a corner and had a couple of other bobbles. It looked like one of my races.

Stybar looked really strong. A very impressive win.