Crashes, crashes and more crashes
The list of crashes on race day was extensive. 2012 champ Leanda Cave went down on the bike and would eventually have to pull out. Matt Hanson went through the hot corner a bit “hot” and took out a police officer. (Luckily enough both were OK.)
Andreas Raelert got a flat on the high-speed descent down from Hawi and went down hard, according to one of the race spotters who watched the incident. He was able to change the tire within about three minutes and was able to get to within a minute of the main chase pack by the end of the ride, then ran his way to his third runner-up finish.
Tim O’donnell was so worried about a technical issue that he ended up having a conversation (we’ll use that word rather than argument) with race officials when he broke away on the bike and tech support didn’t follow him – they were back helping Raelert.