> It's an awesome, one lap, 25 mile course.
> And an extremely well run event that's only 1.5 hours from us in the mid-Cape area.
> I wanted to make up for a poor showing and DNF at TVR.
> And wanted to see how I'd do if I went out a bit faster at the start of the race and see if I could hold the wheels of the lead guys. Apparently I wasn't the only one thinking that...
So a bunch of strong guys lined up at the start. Fast guys, good technical riders - could be anyone's race.
Whistle and we're off. Notoriously fast starter Dave Terrell takes off and sets a quickpedal pace that everyone tries to match. He got the single speed train cooking along nicely through the first flat mile or so. Eventually Jake Colvin went by Dave, and sticking to my plan to stay up front, I went with him. Soon Pat Higgins went by both of us. I saw Royce Yeomans just behind me and heard Gerry LaFleur yell at me too, so I knew we were still all pretty close as we hit the rough stuff.
|Jake then me. Going according to plan at this point, but...(photo: notaskitrail on mtbr)|
|...Pat the wrecking ball is lurking. (gotta love the lefty pron). (photo: notaskitrail on mtbr)|
After a few miles, Pat had inched away, out of sight. I started to worry a bit, and decided to go get him. I put in a strong push and finally reeled him back after about 5 hard minutes. Jake dropped off a bit behind me, so it was just me and Pat at that point. I passed Pat, and considered putting in an attack, but I decided to recover at that point. Then we got caught up in geared traffic, and a guy crashed on a bridge in front of us. As swearing geared guy righted his bike and swore his head off, Pat got by me and got an immediate 10 - 20 seconds on me.
The guy who crashed in front of us was near me in the woods for a while. He kept on crashing and then swearing like a trucker at the top of his lungs. At first I was kind of put off, but then I couldn't help but laugh my butt off. This made the "constant barrage" of roots and rocks a bit more fun.
I crashed a couple times too and bobbled a few times, but I was still confident that I would catch Pat. I was sure I'd see him around the next turn. But the rocky/rooty miles went on and on and I never did see him. And I was pushing - so much so that I was really happy with how I raced. But the next time I saw Pat was at the finish line. He was a wrecking ball out there on a technical course.
So I got 2nd and Jake got 3rd. All the cat 1 single speeders came in really soon after, one after another. So it really could have been anyone's race. Awesome.
|SSers raced awesome Sunday|
|Me, Pat, Jake|
|One of the prizes was a pint glass. |
Couldn't wait to fill it up...and then empty it.
Shouts out to Cape Cod Beer and Cannondale for helping us out also.
Congrats to teammate and "iron man" Lucas Provost for winning the iron rider award again and leading our team to a great year. Everyone did really well.
Thanks for reading.