UCSB collegiate mens A's - 5th/29
Fast, flat, D-shaped course (same as Mothballs for those in socal). 15 minutes in, I counter attacked after the break my teammate was in was brought back. I opened up a gap and looked back to see who would follow, and after about 15, 3 guys had joined me. They were the top 3 riders in our conference nationals omnium, so I knew there was firepower there and that I was probably the weakest link. We drilled it for several laps before a group of 5 bridged up and then I knew I would be fine with more people to share the work. We stayed away and caught the field with 3 laps to go and I started to move up for the sprint. With one to go, I jumped on the back of the two Cal Poly guys who were in the break and followed them through the last corner. We opened up the sprint and I finished second, but it turns out the officials forgot to turn the lap cards because they hadn't realized we lapped the field so on our technically last lap, they forgot to ring the bell and therefore we had one more lap to go after I had sat up. We had taken the corner which was just past the start/finish when I saw two guys from the break blow by us and I realized that we still had one more lap and that the sprint didn't count, so I quickly accelerated and stayed ahead of the field until after the last corner and got swallowed up in the field sprint, but I still finished ahead of some of my break mates to take 5th. Disappointing because I could have done better if I could have sprinted full power in the real finish, but I made some mistakes and now I've learned from them.
oooof. That blows