Raced the Norland Crit this weekend and for the Nor-Calers it is the same course as Apple pie last year. It was a chilly 40 something degrees and foggy at the start. My first race of the day was the 3/4 crit and a healthy field of 60 something riders given there was several other races going on this weekend.
Pace was mild for most of the race. I had the goal of just sitting in and riding it out since I have still been sick for two weeks now. About 25 minutes in I looked up the road and saw another Reno local who is very strong had rolled off the front and the pack let him go. I decided to go for it knowing he was more than strong enough to stay away if I got up there clear.
Bridged up to him and were holding about 10 seconds with 2 laps to go when they stopped the race due to a crash. They told us they would restart us with an 8 second lead and 2 laps to go. Great. It was off like a gun and drill it for the last two laps to hold off a fresh group. Stayed away and got out sprinted at the end for 2nd.
Got 5 points and $50
ended in a 5 man break away
Break away lasted till the last 1/2 lap. Ended up 15-20 or so in this one.
nice job on the finish- i was in the 3/4 race with ya...some **** overcooked the corner with 2 to go and pushed the guy on his outside into the curb they both went down RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. So I went down on the pile up. Both wheels were tacoed, brifter took some rash and my left cheek has a nice strawberry...still happy i wasnt hurt any worse