Just wondering - any of you ever ridden too many laps in a race? The other day, I competed in a race that required 3 laps for my class. At the end of what I thought was the last(3rd) lap, I began to pull to the finish "lane." Just as I did this, I saw the the rider in front of me pulling around to do another lap. I figured that I was pushing so hard that I had counted wrong and that I had in fact only done 2 laps up to that point. I also looked to the side of the course and didn't see any riders that had just finished. I knew I was doing well, but I knew me and the person in front of me weren't in first and second. As it turns out, that lap was the last lap, and the rider in front of me was in 4th place, while I was in 5th place. The reason that in my quick look to the side for other riders i didn't see any was because they had moved up the course the other way to do a cool-down. In the end, I got 16th out of 20, including the time of the extra lap that I did. A fith place finish would have been my best this season. It actually would have been 4th if i had pulled off and left the other rider to keep going.
Has this ever happened to you? Ever done an extra lap?
Any other stupid mistakes you guys made in a race?
Or am i just alone on this one?