Not the greatest of performances this weekend, but I was definitely racing out of my league in an elite field of professional cyclists. Also, I think the 6500 miles of driving has caught up to me. Today’s race started out OK as I was near the front and everything was smooth. But then a break went off the front without Ouch/Maxxis. Ouch began to drill it in what the announcer called the “Ouch Pain Train”. I had slid way too far back in the 100+ rider field during some of the “reshuffles” at the 180 degree turn. Eventually, every corner felt like the finishing sprint of a race just to stay on the wheel in front of me. I knew that I was about to crack and unfortunately I was about 35 riders from the back of the pack. Instead of gapping off 35 riders I decided to pull over leading into the 180 — the one place on the course where the field was bunching up and call it a day. Next year I’ll be back and racing the amateur category 1/2 version of the race!
Technical course, strong wind, light drizzle, and a very fast race made for some tough racing. Unfortunately, I still ran out of gas with two laps to go and then came off the group with half a lap to go after fighting hard all race to stay as close to the front as possible. I was pleased with how I was able to maneuver within the peloton and also stay out of the wind and conserve as much energy as possible by sticking to the philosophy of passing people whenever possible. I am still hopeful for today’s race as it is shorter and a little less technical. We completed yesterday’s race of 97 miles in 3 hours and 33 minutes for an average speed of 27.3mph — even with all the braking and accelerating from the 26 turns on the course!!!
Kristine took this awesome picture of Josiah in the feedzone, and she also did a great job getting me a water bottle in the 20+mph feedzone frenzy!
Here is the topocreator map I created of yesterday’s road race course with its 26 turns!