|Lunch||12:00 PM – fried Spanish rice w/veggies, egg & salsa, water|
chips & salsa
2:00 PM – yogurt, banana, bread humus
5:00 PM – PowerBar
|Time of Day||7:05 PM|
|Weather||upper 40s, dry, overcast, some wind|
|Course||flat, 4-corner criterium, tailwind back straight, long headwind sprint to the finish|
GC – 10th
Zipp 404 wheels
|Clothing||knee warmers, bib shorts, Craft long sleeve undershirt, short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, thin gloves, cap|
My first criterium of the year! This race is just full of firsts.
Today Safeway schooled everyone and showed them how to ride a short crit. Dan M (1st place in GC) took off like a shot. As soon as he was caught his teammate did likewise. With this constant barrage of attacks Dan managed to win no les than three primes and in the end they had enough left to get one their riders across the line in first place. Nice.
I had a super start. I lined up on the front row and hit turn one in 2nd spot. But I did not stay there... this was a fast race! Usually there are lulls in any crit and there were very few here and the two or so we had did not last more than 100 or so meters. In other words it really behooved you to stay near the front.
I went with a few moves and even initiated one myself but did not have the power to do any damage. Half way in I suddenly found myself at the very back of the pack and cursed myself for not paying attention. It was then that I finally realized it was WAY easier to move up on the outside than the inside. Stupid me for wasting to much energy early on.
By the time I got close to the front we were about to collide with a bunch of riders! Imagine racing along at 30 mph, looking up and seeing an official official frantically waving a group of riders to the side of the road so we don't plow into them. Turns out it was the 15 or so folks that got dropped and we were lapping them.
With two to go I was in the top 10 and next to Greg with Brad nearby but another lapse in concentration (that's going to be my excuse whenever I'm not fit enough to maintain the pace) meant I got squeezed back to about 20th. When the surge went on the back straight I saw Dave in second place so was excited but he bogged down at the finish. On the bright side Greg took 3rd by beating Todd G with a bike throw. Fantastic stuff. Podium pictures were taken.
I felt okay but not so sharp at the very end when it counted. Congratulations to Dave for being in the right spot at the right time (at least half the battle!) and to Greg for an outstanding finish.
And this is what happens when you forget to turn your GPS off after the race...