Here’s the punch line – man, was it hot!!!
Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever raced in that kind of heat – several guy’s computers were reading ~102°F at the start line.
I did some work early to soften things up, but it put me in the red and I spent the next half hour wondering if I was going to finish this race.
Nice course, I’ve never done it before cuz it’s only been the last couple years I’ve gotten into crits. Some little climbs/chicanes at the far end that make good places to jump, but otherwise fast and straight.
Of course, a break gets away while I’m in no position to do anything. We’ve got a guy in it though (Joe Fuller), so I don’t worry about chasing it down. A few more guys try to bridge while I’m trying to survive, and bam – there go all the top ten spots – I’m just hoping Joe can hang in there. With 2 laps to go I’m feeling somewhat recovered and move up – just when we hit the little hill heading into one lap to go a CBC guy jumps and I tag him. We get a good gap going into the last lap, but it looks like the pack is gaining on the back side. We start around the capitol building heading towards the little hill and I’m just waiting to get swallowed, but we’ve still got a gap and I give it everything on the climb. Only a couple guys make it up to me and we role down the finishing straight. No money, no jersey, no medal, and no top ten – but I’m happy just to have survived the race and have held off the pack before the finish.
Doug “Double D” takes the jersey – impressive win for a cool dude! TJ gets another 2nd to go with his 2nd place finish in the State RR – no jersey for the guy but a bucketload of MOBAR points (that competition just heated up). Austin takes 3rd after winning the juniors jersey earlier that day – watch out, that kid is coming on strong! Our guy Joe takes 6th – just out of the money but a nice result for him.