Did my first ever mass-start road race...Now that was an experience...a fun experience!
I was racing in the Good Friday Road Race in Hamilton, Ontario. I think there was close to 200 guys in my start wave (Master3, Senior4). The roll out was calm and then the pace picked up. Within a km or so we had our first crash, wheels clipped, guy went over the bars and did some nasty damage. He's in hospital in critical condition.
I followed my team directors instructions...Sit at the back at the start and watch for the crashes and avoid them...We both knew that I had no business up front anyway.
Once we got past the crashes the pace picked up and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the winter training and 2 week Georgia trip has paid dividends. The small climbs were much easier then last year and I was actually enjoying them.
I didn't do much in the race, as I expected, but I did my share of pulling in the little breaks that developed behind the main field. I tried attacking on the hills, but quickly realized that this was a futile game since there was no real place for me to go.
It's all a learning game and I have a lot to learn and still lots of training to do before I can consider myself in the same league as the guys that were in the top half of the group.
In the end I had fun and that's what it's all about...
Our team was pretty successful with a win, a second place and third place in various categories...