This past weekend, I raced twice. As a bonus, Sydney Brown made the trip down to Texas to escape the cold and do the races as well. We had a blast with Sydney and her boys. I hope I can talk them into coming back next year.
Walburg Road Race
The race has a reputation for being windy windy windy and it didn't disappoint. It was windy to the point of being almost ridiculous. My field was 74 riders and the distance was 48 miles. After two miles two guys went off the front. As usual, nobody wanted to cooperate and chase. After about 30 miles we caught one guy who had blown up. We never did catch the other guy, which I find totally unbelievable. If there is a coordinated chase, no cyclist in the world should be able to stay away for 46 miles in the wind. Such is amateur racing I guess. The finish was uphill. We started cranking it up from about 500 meters. At 100 meters I came out of my saddle to sprint. A second later a Colavita rider got bumped and went down in front of me and I drilled him and endoed. He was ok, but there were two more riders down as well. One looked to be in rough shape. I walked across the finish line with a tweaked bike for 18th place.
Pace Bend Road Race
The Pace Bend Road Race is a race that I really like. It is a closed circuit with full road width racing. My race was short at only 30 miles (6 laps). We had 62 racers. I had 3 teammates in the race. I thought we had a good chance to win the race. The plan was to try to get a guy or guys away. On lap 3 Jeremy attacked and I sat in on the chase. He was brought back in a few minutes and I immediately counter attacked. I was brought back in a few minutes, but we failed to produce another counter attack. On the last lap, Peter came to the front with about a mile to go as a lead out. The finish was uphill again. I popped on the hill and took 16th. Jeremy got 7th and Joe got 9th. Not the desired result, but oh well.
I am racing again this weekend at Primavera II which was my worst race last year. Hopefully this year will be different.
My helmet is trashed from the head plant I did at Walburg.
Sydney Brown in pink tearing it up at Pace Bend
Me on the front of the "chase" at Walburg
Quote of the Day
Give me a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I'm in a god-damn hurry. -Buford T. Justice-