Monday, June 27, 2011

Burlingame Race Report

Burlingame Crit- June 26th, 2011
Masters 1/2/3
Teammates: Dana, Todd, Channing, Scott W, Marc, Josh and Greg
42nd out of 103
Despite having some issues messing up my training the last 2 weeks, I was ready as I ever could be for this race and motivated. I drove down with Channing and got there early. I got my 30 min on the rollers and felt good to go on the line.

I had to line up almost at the back of an over-full field and when we took off, I got a poor start but didn’t panic. That was until I realized the pace was fast and could see Foose up on the front drilling it.

The pace was fast enough that it took me 4 laps or so to finally get up to Dana and signal I was on him. My only plan was to shadow him and provide a strong lead out or 1-½ lap to go pacing. There were a few moments that while up near the front a few dangerous moves went off the front and I just sucked wheels to get up there and make sure to be there if it stuck, they didn’t..

So I started to move back towards the front and checked the laps they were showing us.. 6 to go, that was quick? Normally I can move around quite well at this course but Sunday was another story. Normally the M 1/2/3 pace is pretty high and that close to the finish it’s pretty strung out but it wasn’t.

It seemed lots of guys were just treating it like a faster Cat 3- race lot’s of swarming and sloppy riding, granted I was back further then I wanted and it always get sloppier the more you get down in positions but it was noticeable.

Anyway, I had legs left, with 2 to go but was blocked left right and center and could not move up. All I wanted to do was get clear and do a long, hard pull at the front. I admit I was frusterated and didn’t sprint for the finish and came in 42nd. I was happy that at least Dana got on the podium however…!

After the race I watched the P ½ race and had wished I signed up for it as my allergies weren’t bothering me much, the reason I hadn’t signed up.. So I drove down to San Carlos and parked at work and rode home, in the brutal headwind for another 1:40…

Recovered well overnight and then rode to work this morning not feeling too bad. I’m hoping to keep this rolling and start firing on all cylinders..

Thanks to all that came out on Sunday. And healing vibes to all that hit the deck..



Anonymous Tarmac Ripper said...

Atta boy! Now go out and get that win! Maybe you need to get back on a Bianchi! You better be ready come cross season.


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