Race Course: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=893671
I rode in the B Race (I'm a Cat 5) (36 miles 2.5 laps) with 38 riders. Preem/Finish line near the start of the 3rd leg on Vermont Hill road at the top of a little rising hill. The B Race had 1 preem at the 1.5 lap mark at the finish line.
There were 9 team members in my race with me.
So the race starts and we all settle into our spots. I'm near the front somewhere in the top 10. The pace is decent, it's the first lap and everyone is warming up/feeling out position. We turn the corner onto Vermont St and a girl gets taken down by one of her own teammates who couldn't hold his line and we drop about 15 people 6 miles into the race.
We cross the finish to complete the first half lap, 2 laps to go, we just started the preem bell lap. Vermont Hill road has just had all its potholes and rain/traffic worn cracks and shoulder breakups repaved a week ago, so instead of holes and concrete chunks everywhere, there is dark smooth patches of bumps, fun fun. I'm in the middle of the group on the shoulder side trapped with people going by me on the left, we are about a mile from turning onto Center Line where the big climb is and I want to be at the front for it. I have no where to go. So I hop down onto the gravel shoulder and push to get to the front, got me past like 10 people, not I'm in 3rd behind 2 of my teammates.
We turn onto Centerline, take a long downhill into the steep uphill, and let me tell you, for having cheap Bontrager Select stock wheels, those things cook down hills. I make it up the climb still at the front of the group, we turn onto Hunters creek again and my teammate and I attack hoping to drop a couple more people when the group tries to catch us, I think that worked a bit. the same 3 of us are at the front again. My teammate Stuart pulls the last 2 miles before the Vermont St climb and let me and Bob (3rd teammate) recover to get ready for it.
We turn onto Vermont St and Bob and I make it to the next corner in 2nd and 3rd feeling good. He's in front and makes a push to the front, i follw and set up in 2nd. we are about .5 mile from the preem line. he looks back at me and I nod, he pushes a little harder. It looks like nobody will challenge me except two guys, one in green, and one in black. green guy coming from our left and black from behind.
Before Bob could sweep out to the left, green guy goes around him and darts out, so I was forced to start early and grab his wheel, 50 yards from the line.
I draft him for about 5 seconds and make my push to get around staying close to him so black rider can't come up between us and double draft. I get about a wheel out in front of him, about 10 yards to go, starting to spin out, pop my gear down once more and BAM! there goes my right foot out of the pedal. green takes the preem, black takes 2nd and I swear going across in what i think managed to be 3rd.
So I got clipped back in, settled back up in the top 10. we got to the climb on Centerline again and this time the field starts to stretch. about 10 guys break off the front at the corner. 10 of us rally together and catch back up to them about 1/3 way down Hunters Creek. we all ride together to Vermont St. Thats where I popped, fell to the back of the lead group, and finished 21st.
Fun race considering I've never ever had a chance to win anything. I knew I couldn't take the finish and since I was right there for the preem I decided to use my energy for that, too bad for the techincal difficulty I think I could've had it. I was in the top 5 most of the race about 34 of 36 miles. I'm consistently riding well during the race and losing grip at the end, I mean I lost 15 spots in the last 2 miles.
Oh well, It's still my first season. I'm loving it as always. I am however sick of the same kid winning the B Race every weekend.