Gios 96, Mercier 72, Peugeot 74 X 2, Sears full suspension High rise banana seat, Kona 94, CCM Rambler 70s.
Peter Pan rejected this bell
I did my first crit of the year. This year they improved it. It is 14 laps of 1.8 K, previously 10. They are going with the A, B, C format this year so the C group is at a higher level with some 4s in it. Good. The race started out fast and remained steady and fast with the majority of the pulling coming from 3 animals. One of which ended up deservedly winning. I planted myself in 4th spot for the majority of the race. The corners were fast, smooth and being up front was great. I settled into a good ride and sprinted up during a prime, not to contest but to get a feel for the sprint. Some positional change occurred and I was behind a jerky rider always touching his brakes in the corners so I skedaddled around him. Another older rider decided he wanted my spot so he moved over along side and pressed into me. At 40 k we were leaning on each other for a moment and our bars were firmly squeezed together. We both remained calm and eased apart without missing stride. I held my position. Ha! To gain spots I would use the gaps that open up in exiting the corners.
We were lapping riders who dropped off.
The sprint was on so I pounced and threw the bike getting second but then we all kept going so that was not the finish. For some reason we all thought it was for a moment. The next lap I forgot that I was in a race and let up some position to get shelter and then the sprint was on again for the real finish. I, daydreaming, did not contest and watched from the back. I came in about 10th out of 20. I looked around and no one was there so we dropped about half the field.
During our false finish sprint, I did not hear the bell along with my inattentiveness to the lap cards make this the most bonehead race I have done. I asked the race official why there was no bell lap: He holds up this dinky tinker bell unworthy of Peter Pan. I just laughed and said I gotta buy that man a bell.