Graham Jarvis finished as runner-up at the 23rd running of the ErzbergRodeo. Just over three minutes behind eventual winner Gomez, Jarvis rode yet another highly impressive race around the Iron Giant. Once again overcoming a cautious start and having to work his way passed countless riders during the faster, dustier sections of the course, once into the more technical sections he worked his way towards the front but ultimately ran out of time to challenge for the win.
Once again showing himself to be one of the best ever ErzbergRodeo competitors, Jarvis made a typically steady start before increasing his speed as the unforgiving Erzberg terrain intensified. Making up time on his rivals through the extended Karl‰Ûªs Dinner section, the veteran racer worked his way towards the front, passing all but one of the early pace setters. Closing in to within just over three minutes of Gomez, Jarvis claimed a well-deserved runner-up result.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy with second. Hats off to Alfredo he was very strong, he rode a great race, and I just wasn‰Ûªt able to get close enough to him early enough," Jarvis said, "I didn't get a good start and then lost five or six positions when I messed up one of the hills. I was behind then in some of the single file wood sections. I had to fight my way back. But I felt pretty strong during the second half of the race. I pushed through Karl‰Ûªs Dinner and made up some time there. I seemed to get a little energy back after Karl‰Ûªs Dinner, things were pretty close to Gomez ‰ÛÒ if he‰Ûªd have made a mistake I might have been able to catch him. I don't have any complaints, it was a difficult as it always is but there‰Ûªs not too much I'd change. The younger riders are getting more experienced so I‰Ûªm pleased with second.‰Û