We’re getting ready to head over to Roswell for the second race of the USA Crits speedweek series. Quick update from Athens last night plus link for my Strava data from the race: I ended up winning a $100 prime with 10 laps to go (awesome to be off the front so late in the race) and then held good position to finish 26th. My teammate, Pat Allison, raced well and finished 47th. Both of us were caught up in an early crash after working our way up to the front. I ended up endoing over the top of a rider who was on the ground and landing hard on my hand. More details to come tomorrow… but here is my Strava data:
Even in the pouring rain, this race is awesome. I raced the computrainer qualifiers on Friday and placed 83rd, but that still meant I was starting towards the back — maybe 10th row on the start line? After all the call-ups, we were finally off and the race went well for the first two corners — bunch up on the first corner, faster through the second corner, and then a big crash on turn 3. I made it through but it was single file, strung out, and very fast coming out of turn 4 where more guys had gone down (keep in mind this is lap #1 of 80!!!). By this point we had already lost 30 guys or so and I was at the back of the pack. I came out of Turn 2 on the second lap and passed some guys and started to move up – but there were a lot of guys taking the corners tentatively so gaps were opening up everywhere. I eventually had to chase around a couple gaps and then found myself chasing around a gap I couldn’t close about 15 laps into the race. I chased hard for 5 or 6 more laps before it became clear that I was not going to catch back on and so I pulled off at the top of the hill as the pace car and lead motorcycles came into view at the bottom of the hill. A couple positive things from the race — I love my Specialized All Weather Pro rain tires — I could take corners pedaling at full speed even in the pouring rain and my tires did not slip a single time in the race. The other positive thing is that I survived without breaking anything on me or the bike — so I’m ready and excited to be a bit fresher than normal for the Roswell crit tomorrow! No heartrate data b/c I didn’t feel it was worth the risk of my Garmin bouncing off the bike during the race — plus no guarantees that it would have been working right in the pouring rain. Thanks everyone for cheering out there – I heard people screaming on Turns 1, 2 and 3 — you guys are awesome!