Sometimes just getting to a race is a race in and of itself. My elite nationals started with a drive from Boulder, Colorado to Hood River, Oregon to race at Mt. Hood. Mt. Hood ended on a Sunday, and that night I took three separate flights to arrive in Quebec City on Monday morning to race the Tour de Beauce. The Tour de Beauce went well, despite crashing out of a top-5 result 500m from the line on stage 1, and crashing again at the base of Mt Megantic; it was nice just to be back in the pro peloton again, racing at a high level for a week and feeling competitive.