This race was on the team schedule from the start of the season and it was one of the big goals of mine for the year; to notch a podium placing in an NCC (National Criterium Calendar) event. I came close earlier in the year at the Dana Point Grand Prix, coming just short in 4th place so I was very eager to fulfill my goal at Vegas. It was a night race, so once I got there that morning, it was all about trying to relax and lay down all afternoon in the hotel until race time. After getting my number and getting some lunch, Adam Switters, Brandon Trafton, and I finally went back to the hotel to relax and take a nap. We eventually all fell asleep for a good two hours so that passed a good chunk of the time. Before we knew it, it was time to get suited up and ready to race!