“ Today went pretty good ,” said Niederer . “ Starting out , it was obviously quite cold outside . I just kind of fell into this groove of feeling okay but not great . I wasn ' t upset or anything , just kind of la-dee-da going along . My loop scores were good . I was starting to get more comfortable as the day went on . I really grew in confidence on the bike , and by that last loop , I was smiling from section 1 to section 12 . It didn ' t matter what happened , that last loop was a lot of fun ; I was out in the woods with my friends riding bikes . I just really enjoyed today and finishing on the podium is great . To lose to my wife ' s cousin , Josh Roper , again by two points sucks [ laughs ], but that ' s trials .
Having Tom [ as a minder ] is obviously great ; this will be our fourth season together , 2017 , 2018 , 2019 , and now 2022 . I ’ ve had some really great minders over the years , wonderful people that have helped me out a lot , but Tom and I have just worked together for so long and we just click . It ' s one of those things where we don ' t have to say anything to each other , and when he does say something , it ' s the law ; I just do it .
He showed up at midnight on Thursday , so basically Friday morning we rode for about an hour and a half , and about 30 minutes before the trial this morning , then we went back to it . It just felt like nothing ever changed . I ’ m happy he
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