...In a short road race, Cat V. Slow pace most of the way. After the halfway mark, one rider solo'd off the front, then another joined him, and they stayed about 70-80 meters in front of the main pack. With 7-8 miles to go, they had not drifted back, so I tried to organize a chase group - I've got a lousy finishing sprint, so figured that if three or four other riders and I could join the leaders, we'd have a large enough group to stay in front and finish before of the pack. So I tried to organize a chase group, but I was the only one willing to really pull. I would lead several guys at a higher pace for a few minutes, then after I pulled off no one would take over and maintain the pace. After several attempts, we hadn't made it up the twosome, but I was tired. So, when we got to the finish, I had no hammer left to drop, and a half-dozen other riders sprinted right past me. Now I understand what some of you are always saying -- the smart riders -- not necessarily the strongest riders -- do well. And I was a dumbass.
'Course, if I had just stuck with the pack and conserved energy, I would probably only have finished a few places higher than I did -- since I am a lame sprinter. Sigh.