As discussed, I skipped the hc. As it was an omnium, and not a stage race, you can do that.
Sorry, but trying to fit a 75 minute crit, a hillclimb TT, and a 85 mi RR into a 24 hour period is cruel and unusual.
Anyway, I was up a good chunk of the night coughing and blowing snot rockets. I thought about bailing on the RR too, but wanted to be there for the team. And I’ve felt worse and done well, so you never know.
We were up for 7 laps of a 12 mile course, that was pretty much gradually up for half and then back down. It was windy, but at least the sun came out. I got dropped the 2nd time on the climb, but then I started feeling pretty good when I chasing back on. Like I opened my lungs up or something. Then at the end of the 3rd lap, I flatted. Through my arm up in the air, and started pulling the wheel off. The pick-up truck following, which I had assumed was the wheel car, was kind enough to hit the gas and blow black smoke at me as he drove past, so I put my wheel back on and rode the flat back to the start/finish. Apparently, the wheel car had followed the break of 2 guys rather than the field. So it goes.
Because I’d driven with Sleevie, I got to watch the rest of the race. The wind kept picking up and I was freezing the rest of the day. I was lucky enough to borrow a masculine pink baby blanket for the remainder of the race, which I hid under. Good company… Thanks, friends.
Couple notes- Sam “Blitz” Krieg is flying. He won the TT and the RR. World’s fastest Cat. 2? I think so. I am pretty sure he has doubled the mandatory upgrade points for the past 3 years or so. Canyon also has 3 on absoute crush form. Hardwood won the overall, Sohmy won the crit solo the last 20 min+, and Josh was alone for 90% of the RR before being caught and still hanging for 3rd. My guys gave it everything- it was evident in the faces rolling into the finish- and wound up 4th, 5th, and 6th overall. Sometimes you just get beat! I am confident we will turn some of these close results to wins soon.
If you want the details, see the team report on FB, or send me your email and I’ll include you on the sponsor email list.
One other thing and I hate to complain (yes, I am going to anyway) because I am glad there was a race, but the crit and road race courses both had less than 100 meters from the last corner to the finish. The rule is a minimum 200 meters. And it’s for a reason. This will come up at the state crit again, as it does every year. The crit course was also a good chunk just cones making bends in a parking lot. Hmm. Anyway, like I said I’m glad there was a race, so if anyone reads it that was involved… A sincere thank you!
I left Kelly home alone on Saturday with two kids and 9 months preg-o, and she was super sweet on me when I came home. Grateful.
Up a good chunk of the night again. This is rare for me. I generally sleep like a baby (I have a feeling I will regret that analogy very soon!!) so I hope this trend does not continue. There is a lot of good TV on between 3-4:30 am. Or not.