The road race on Sunday was an interesting affair. With only 5 of us contesting the Cat 1/2 race and the results and prize list being scored differently for both the 1/2's and the 3's, the race dynamics were all messed up. We made some bad calls as a team and paid the price in the final losing both the Cat 1/2 and Cat 3 overall races with the only consolation being a state road title for myself. We'll have to chalk this one up as a learning experience.
|My best impression of the Schleck Bros. skinny guy sprint|
Photo: Lois Brunertt
The pair worked there gap up to 30 seconds or so and a bit before mid-race some activity in the bunch starting to bring them back. Shim and I each tested the waters with attempts to bridge across immediately following prime laps but it had no effect. It was obvious we needed to get Lucas and Paul to lap the field. Both Chad McGee and Lee Baumgarner (Flatwater/Bike Pedalers) were sprinting really well, and Joe McWilliams (Team Kaos/Alegent Health) had been sitting in all day waiting for the final. I went to the front and controlled the tempo as the lead pairs advantage grew.
|Lucas and Paul drilling it off the front|
Photo: Devin Bethune
Expecting the unexpected
With three or four laps to go, I took a hard look back to see how close Paul and Lucas were to us. I thought they may catch us on their bell lap. So while everyone in our group thought we would have two laps to go, we really would only have one as rules dictate that we finish on the same lap as the leaders.
Sure enough, as we came through with what should have been two laps to go, the bell rang as Paul and Lucas had just made contact with the tailend of the field. I launched myself into turn one using every inch of the wide flat corners. I had a good gap and kept the pressure on. As I came out of the last corner the field was closing in and I had to sprint full gas to the line to stay ahead of a hard charging Joe McWilliams.
|Giving full gas to the line|
Photo: Lois Brunnert
|...and the look back|
Photo: Lois Brunnert
Big thanks to Dan Spray and Jon Downey as well as the whole EVCC for a great race weekend, and John Lefler for the pro words on the mic.
|Photo: Jeremy Cook|