My first Road race was Sundays training Road Race. It’s 54 KM in 6 laps, this course is all hills. No flats. Blustery winds. The race was lead out of town with a pace car (classy) to get from the staging area to the start of the race which was at the bottom of the longest climb, 4 KM I guess. The finish was at the top of the same climb. I’m in the C group. 4/5s. .
Lap 1. The pace car peals off and we go. I ride along chillin in the pack. The climb steepens and I shift to the granny. The chain falls off to the inside and I stop and put it back on. All go by plus some cars and a truck. The pack is about a football field length up hill ahead. I have to red-line it for 5 minuets in the climb to get back in it. This is the first leg of my first road race ever and the first race of the season. I get back to the pack at the top of the hill and enjoy the rolling curvy decent in the pack. My heart rate simmers down and my breathing becomes less auditable.
Lap 2. Back on the long climb and I hang in with much effort. Some of the shorter climbs spread out throughout the course are taking their toll on me but I hang in. I was off the bike for three weeks sick and only got back on last week. This fact is becoming apparent now.
Lap 3. The long climb is here. I stay in it. Near the top it feels like the brakes are stuck on. I honestly check to see. They are ok, it’s me that isn’t. Along the rollers at the top of the climb I am off the back a bit. No problem, I will catch them at the next corner, they always slow at the corner, I’m only 20 m off but I should not be burning myself out in the head wind now after that climb.
Lap 4. I’m alone now. 20 m became more not less. Wondering what to do. It’s a nice day, the best day in weeks. I’m here, the course is awesome. I can corner full out with traffic control. I decide to ride. I puke a little bit in my mouth. I pass another OTB guy. He must have dropped soon after I did. At the long climb a girl rides up to my rear. She must have gone off the back before I did and now she has caught me. We talk a bit and trade pulls. I see some racers on the side of the road. Dropped out.
Lap 5. She and I go around uneventful like and then the A group laps us on one of the short climbs. I thing of beauty that. Later on the big climb near the top the B group goes by. A guy says I can catch on at the back if I want. We are at the top of the long climb so I try and succeed to do a full lap with these guys. My lady partner does not. Riding with the Bs. Nice smooth fast cornering.
Lap 6. I keep up on the long climb with the Bs. Why could I not do that with the Cs?
I go around again with the B’s. Happy. They loose me on the big climb this time. I cross the finish solo.