I really wanted to do well in this race. I wanted to win or at least get in a real break.
Unfortunately neither happened and I finished 24th out of the 75 starters.
There were no breaks in the race which I found very suprising after hearing how this race is usually won.
There were 2 crashed that happened right in front of me that I managed to miss.
The first one was kind of bad and didnt even happen on the sketchy gravel section
everyone was worried about. I actually rode a little off the road to miss
this one. The other crash was at the end of the gravel section and wasnt too bad.
Another guy was going way too fast down the hill into the turn into the gravel and
locked up his breaks and slid into the back wheel of another guy. The guy he hit had his
back wheel explode and I got hit in the face with spokes but nobody went down.
I was really frustrated with how everyone raced. I think people took the turn into the
gravel too easy. It almost felt like stopping, even while in the front, each time through.
Everytime someone went off the front everyone started yelling to let them go. I dont
know why everyone listened. I kept boxing myself in so I could never try to go with
Sometime during the race it most have gotten broken up pretty fast. On the 4th lap I
inally turned around to find myself in the back of a group with maybe 30 riders top with
no one else to be seen.
After my ill fated attack I spent the last lap recovering. When the final turn came I
idnt really have it in me to sprint and I was too far back to do anything so I just rode
across the line for 24th.
I should feel good about finishing with the front group in my second cat 4 race but you
always feel like you could have done so much better when its over.
here are the graphs for the people into that
Work: 1335 kJ
TSS: 197.2 (intensity factor 1.057)
Norm Power: 264
Distance: 41.659 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 1071 210 watts
Heart rate: 127 184 165 bpm
Cadence: 32 215 92 rpm
Speed: 8.2 37.1 23.6 mph
Pace 1:37 7:19 2:33 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 426 64 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1622 204 lb-in