First off long drive to Elk River. Have not been in that area in many many years. Pulled in to the race venue with enough time to get dressed and warm up. From what I had been told it was going to be a lot of single track and a good bit of climbing. After call up's we had a few minutes to catch our breaths, and then go. I for some reason took the hole shot Ala Hollywood and then on the first climb started to get pasted by the faster guys. Back out onto the road felt as if I was going flat. But the flat never appeared. Got on to the single track about 14th or so. Just trying to hammer as much as I could. The course twisted turned and then again on it's self, fast steep climbs and long laps. Going in to lap 2 Andy got around me and I just could not hang on. With a large group behind me I just kept my head down and pushed hoping for some kind of gap. Last lap through the Jump line I went for the faster line and in mid air foot popped out and I managed to keep the bike upright but bent the shit out of my seat rails. Thankfully it was only 1.5 left to the Finnish. Crossed the line in 12 overall in the money. Good day hard day now need to the bike fixed up before the next race in two weeks.