3 x 12.3 km laps. Course profile:
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My goals going into today:
1. Don't crash
2. Don't get dropped
3. Attack climbs, 1st lap - thin the pack
4. Conserve Energy - Lap 2
5. Attack at every chance, Lap 3
1 - Didn't crash
- Crash behind me on lap 1, probably slowed down a good third of the pack out of a curvy descent
2 - Didn't get dropped (in fact, stuck with the breakaway)
3 - Attacked climb #1 and helped thin the pack on lap 1, as well as bridging the gap on lap #2 to complete the breakaway group of 8 which stuck to the end.
4 - Conserved energy for most of lap #2, until having to bridge the gap to the breakaway.
5 - Attacked on lap 3, on monster climb and 1.2 km from finish where I thought it could have been most beneficial. Didn't work out for me, but they were fun attacks.
So, I accomplished the training goals for the first race of the year.
Results: 8/75. Last member of the breakaway to come across. Next group to come through was a little over a minute back.
a. Riding with a complete group of non-team, unaffiliated riders means no one wants to work. When a break goes, because no one has been working, everyone is fresh making the break almost impossible.
b. Turn the powertap on when the race starts, you don't lose 6km of data.
c. Don't think gapping the breakaway downhill into the wind is going to work, even though it's fun to try.