I raced the morning cat 3 race with the goal of getting around 10-15th to qualify for the big night race and conserve as much energy as possible. For some reason, I was flying last week and this week I've totally sucked. Anyways, I just sat in and sprinted for 9th place, I could have maybe gotten 4-6, but when I knew I had qualified, I sat up.
Okay, so basically the biggest race of the year for me and the race I've been looking forward to all year is the Athens Twilight finals, assuming I qualified. No other amateur race I know of has 20,000-30,000 people spectating.
So right off the bat, I'm sitting 2nd row at the line(you have to be up front, or you'll be a nonfactor from the start) and the ref tells everybody to take a reverse lap and come back...so I do it, but everybody else does a half lap and rushes back to the start, so I'm sitting almost in the back. The horn sounds and we start going and I sprint to make it to about halfway in the pack. 1st corner of the 2nd freakin' lap, some kid with crazy bike skillz in the front and right of me, inexplicably loses control in the turn and goes down. My wheel gets caught between his fork and downtube(his front wheel tacoed) and I stay up pushing his bike along for a split second before I flip around backwards and whiplash my head backwards into the concrete curb.
Good Lord, I'm bitter. I find out in later pictures that the kid that takes me out was the same kid that repeatedly cut off the corner in qualifying crit when he was in the outside line. I'm amazingly lucky I didn't get hurt worse, the helmet is cracked, but all that's really messed up is road rash and I've got pretty bad whiplash in my neck; I can't pick my head up off the pillow if I'm laying down, but hopefully nothing major and it'll heal in a day or two.