Racing iS my Training
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco
Bikes: 07 Bianchi San Jose, 08 Tarmac SL2, 05 Cervelo P3
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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.