So today dawned with sunny sky's and warming temps and I was looking forward to safe and sucessful day on the bike. Stage two was a prologue style TT over the Canyon Lake dam. It's just amazingly beautiful back there and today's weather made it that much better. The stage starts at the bottom of the access road and climbs about 3/10th's of mile at around 6% to the top of the dam. From there we turned right and rode across the top of the dam, down onto the service roads with some quick corners then back up a short steep hill and across the dam to the finish. I was gunning for a top 10 but only managed 21st. Evans finished 15th, 12sec ahead of me and Dowe finished 25th about 10s down from me. Healy was a no show for the TT and the crit and Evans and Dowe had to bail on the crit as well. I was thinking of bailing myself when Healy called and gave me a pep talk. He said that I had a real chance at winning as I was riding pretty strong so I decided to do the crit solo.
I lined up for the crit which was held in the park next to the lake. It was a really great course with nice selective climb up to a quick off camber left that led onto the finishing straight. The back side had a nice downhill section that gave you a quick bit of recovery time, which I really needed on lap four. I had been near the front for the first three laps, keeping an eye on things and covering the attacks with ease, but as we finished lap four my legs really started to feel the TT effort. As we crossed the line I started to slip back and for a moment thought about packing it in. Right about then the pressure let up and was able to get up front again and sit in about 10th wheel for the rest of the lap. We came around for the final lap and things really hotted up. ITwo of the teams started to get organized. As we got about 500m from the up hill climb to the finishing straight they started to drill it. I grabbed the wheel of this 20 year old kid riding for the UT squad who looked like he was the strongest and as the 8 of us made the left hander at the top of the hill I found myself on his wheel in fourth. At 50m he popped and I had to come around him and initiate my sprint again. At the line I was about a half a wheel length in third, while second was maybe a tire width out of first. Another twenty meters and I would have had this one!
The winner was 19 years old the second place finisher was 22, so as a 45 year old fart I'm pretty damn satisfied!
I'd like to credit a few of the things that helped me get this result:
First those long base miles in winter
My time in the gym
My smooth pedal stroke
And of course Mr Build and Mr Taper.
I know none of the above training will ever get me kind of results of 600DA but I'll do my best with what I've got