Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes: Cervelo P2K, Cannondale R1000
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I decided to just add yesterday's race report to my thead instead of starting a new one because, well, it's just not interesting enough to warrant a new thread.
Yesterday was the second road race in a two race series. The course is 5x around a 5 mile course (25miles for the mathematically challenged). It is mostly flat or downhill with a few rollers until reaching the base of a 2/3 mile hill, average 7% climb. In the first race my teammate finished 2nd, so we wanted him to finish 1st with the 1st place guy from the first race finishing 3rd or below. My team had 7 racers and the team of the rider we were trying to beat had 5. They took control from the beginning putting all 5 of their guys on the front. I marked their top man, but couldn't really penetrate their line, so I decided to mix things up by breaking off the front. I stayed about 200m off the front for about 2 miles before sitting up for a drink and letting them catch me. The other team was sufficiently broken off the front as some others came to work, so I just sat back in.
The hill proved to be the selection for the race as after the first time up it the pack was reduced to around 15, my team had 4 guys left and the other team had 2 left. The third time up the hill I popped off the back by about 300 meters and then spent the next mile catching back on the back of the pack. On the 4th time up the hill I thought that would be it for me, so I wished my teammate luck winning, but then proceeded to lead the pack up the hill. At 207 lbs (after the race) it probably literally looked like I was pulling the little skinny guys up.
On the final climb I lead my teammate onto the base where he took off with about 4 others. I tried to stay with them, but to no avail. He won, the other guy took third, and I finished a bit back, somewhere in the top 15. My teammate has won 12 of his 13 races so far this year, so I imagine he won't be racing Cat 5 much longer, then maybe I'll have other things to race for. And by then, I'll be doing more crits, which are more my strength.