Two wheels is two wheels
Mt. Tam Reports?
Anybody? It was a very nice event, with awesome weather, I'm sure I wasn't the only one out there.
I had a good race. I was able to finally dig deep and give just about all I had during an event and finish with a respectable time (for me). If I want to join the climbers club next year, the work ahead me is pretty clear and I look forward to it. Nice way to wrap things up for the year: a teammate (El Rey) who killed me consistently all year on hills, only ended up being 26 seconds faster than me.
Looks like Pizza Man got second in the P/1/2 field. First was Lucas Euser of Team Slipstream (only 18 seconds ahead).
Racing iS my Training
Things were fairly friendly for the first 4 flat miles, but as soon as we started the climb Euser threw in an acceleration like I've never seen before. Everyone tried to stay with it, and a couple guys were able to get to his wheel and hung on for a minute or so, but soon blew up. I was going as hard as I could to close the gap, but after about 30 seconds decided to settle in to my own pace. After a few minutes I had gone by everyone who had tried to stay with Euser and was leading a small group of 4 chasers. I threw in a few accelerations to try to bridge the gap (and drop a couple guys), but it seemed he was always about 10-15 seconds ahead.
By the top of the main climb section I had 1 guy left on my wheel. He didn't want to do any work, but told me that he would not go by me at the line, so I just TT'd over the last 4 rolling miles. Try as I could, I just couldn't close any distance. Still, I was very happy with my time, a PR by 32 seconds and faster than last year's winning time.
Last year Euser beat me by 19 seconds, this year it was ony 18, so I should catch him by the time I'm 55.
Originally Posted by Pizza Man
Great race Pizza Man.
It always amazes me that someone will show up and race cat5 and post a time better then the majority.