Cat 3 race. 1 km loop with 4 corners and one slightly uphill bit.
basically I decided to race with no aims at a sprint finish. I was in "breakaway or die" mode as I wanted to put the hurt on myself and not sit in for 50 laps waiting for a pack sprint.
So I covered most attacks, looking to consolidate a break from the gun.
10 laps in I was sitting 3rd wheel in one of many failed breakaways and I was taking a righthander at 30mph. I picked a less than optimal line, i hit a divot in the road, my rear wheel lost contact with the pavement, jumped and skidded too the left. I held the skid for a few miliseconds, then the tubular tire rolled off the rim and I went down fast and hard on my right side.
I stood up, turned sideways as the peloton cruised around me and i then ran to the pit.
I stole the only 9 speed rear wheel and after getting 2 free laps and with bloody hip, elbow and calf, I got pushed back into the mix with 35 laps to go. Thanks Merlin and SRAM!
I continued to race with abandon chasing every attack. With 25 or 30 to go, I bridged up to a solo attack and me and Michael Norton assembled and opened up a 25 second gap which took the peloton about 10-12 laps to close down, and boy was it fun!!
Back in the mix, I took a few laps to recover, and proceeded to try and consolidate another break, knowing it was too late to make it work. I was having fun!
So I had little left in the tank and finished in the back of the pack as the sprint finish ensued.
Fun race and really rewarding even though i finished 28?th.
...road rash aint cool for the first week.