First weekend of the Greenville Spring Training Series in South Carolina was this weekend. Saturday - Cat 3 - 50mi RR (7 lap circuit) - Finished ~20/~60 - I think everyone was scared to open their legs up after a long winter. Slow slow race. Didn't have any big teams really, so no one was doing work at the front. Everyone just kind of sat up when they hit the front, causing lots of bunching for most of the race at a slow pace. I was pretty much the only one to attack consistently, though a few other attacks went during the race too. I got some gaps, but most of the time I was by myself or just with one other person. These were doomed since everyone was super fresh because of soft spinning most of this race. In the end, we soft pedaled the last 5k, causing a huge bunch up and everyone thinking they can win the race. Of course there was no lead out, and everyone just started sprinting at 300m. This caused a huge wreck (or two) and took out at least 15 guys. I saw it coming because of our slow pace, so was on the outside and missed most of the carnage (though I did get a helmet in the gut as a guy was falling next to me, but I stayed up). Rolled in somewhere in the top 20. Sunday - Cat 3 - 50mi RR (7 lap circuit) - Finished 5/~60 - Same course as Saturday, same distance, etc. Basically was deja vu. Except this race went completely different. There were attacks from the gun, and the pace was pretty legit. I didn't attack much today, more of following attacks as they went if I felt like they were solid. On the second lap a solid group of 5 guys got off the front in an attack I missed. I kept an eye on them and mentally said to myself if they stayed away for more than a quarter of a lap I gotta get up there. Sure enough, they were staying away. We hit a little climb, and the group started attacking. I followed some attacks, and a group of 10 of us or so splintered off from the peloton. Took us about half a lap and then we met up with the original break of 5. After some slight confusion and hesitation, we started working together. We weren't fluid, but for the most part we were working OK together. We had a couple stragglers on the back (happens with that size breakaway), but we were able to drop a few. We gained about 15-30 secs a lap, and by the last lap we had about a 2 min lead over the peloton. The last lap people started wanting to play some cat and mouse in a serious way. Me and a group of about 3 guys were the only ones willing to hold us together for the most part. I knew we had a decent lead, but that could drop in a serious hurry on the last lap if we started messing around at 15mph. A couple of guys solo'd off the front on the last lap when we were playing cat and mouse, but we wrung them in once we got organized a bit again. One guy did a huge attack from about 3km, and he is super strong so I thought he'd stay away. Unfortunately for him, we caught him at about 200m to go. We had a pretty solid sprint, I got kind of caught out of the draft in a bad position, but I was able to sprint in for 5th! 256w avg/290w np for ~2hrs. Ouch.