Mellow Johnny’s 6 Hour
Austin, Texas, USA
Held on Lance Armstrong’s Juan Pelota Ranch outside of Dripping Springs, Texas, the event was the largest 6-hour turnout in Texas history. Cool morning temperatures greeted riders, but gave way to nearly perfect riding conditions under clear skies.
Utilizing a LeMans style start (on foot) the men got underway with ranch owner and 7-Time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong taking an early lead. He was joined by professional motorcycle racer Ben Bostrom (Sho Air-Specialized) and Yuki Saito (Topeak-Ergon) during the first lap. The trio managed to separate themselves from chasers and came through the start/finish on lap 1 separated by about 5 seconds each.
During lap two Bostrom was able to extend his lead to 30 seconds over the chasing Armstrong, who by then had separated himself from Yuki Saito. By the beginning of lap 4 Bostrom’s lead was 2 minutes over Armstrong. When Bostrom rolled through start finish area for the start of lap 5 it was Saito that was in second place, and word came that Armstrong had pulled out with knee issues related to a recent increase in his running mileage.
With Armstrong out, Bostrom kept the cruise control on and turned out 11 steady laps to win during the 6 hours, while local rider Tristan Uhl (Austin-Tricyclist) completed 10 laps and finished second. Yuki Saito finished third.
“I tried very hard to secure the 2nd place after Lance dropped the race due to his knee issue. However I could not respond when Uhl passed me about 2miles to the end because I was too spent. The race was super fun overall. Riding 80miles of the finest singletrack was great!”, stated Saito following his finish.
Yuki Saito, 3rd place, Solo Men
Source: Jeff Kerkove