Noted: this course does not suit us bigger fellas. The course had a long climb that was just steep enough to really hurt. It briefly flattens out and then it goes into a very steep descent. Going 50+ MPH only inches from 50 other people is rather nerve racking. The descent continues all the way until just before the finish at which point it has a short but decently steep kicker.
We had 7 guys in this race. Only 2 laps in and Johnny had his chain get stuck. Then 5 laps in Garreth said he wasn’t sure he was feeling it. Garreth abandoned shortly after that. At this point I really started to feel my legs burning and I didn’t think I had much gas left. Luckily, the pace lifted slightly on lap 6.
As we passed the women’s race, the attacks started. That was probably a good place to attack (if you were at the front) as we were trying to squeeze into 1 lane of traffic while passing. That made for an interesting situation. I think this is about when the break finally was successful. That means it’s also the point at which I was now guaranteed to be pack fodder.
I somehow managed to hold on and finish, but I don’t think I was even in the top 20.
The only result I know for sure was Aaron got 5th! Considering how crazy the finish was, that’s a really good placing.
Oh, one last thing. My stupid camera malfunctioned and so I don’t have any video from the race. Sorry!