the early starters had it good today, as they avoided the weather front and the vicious 50 km/hr head winds that blasted the later starting categories. it was not what i would call a nice, autumn ride- even though the sun was shining brightly
things were going well initially, as i felt good over the first two big climbs and managed fairly well to shelter myself from the wind by staying glued to the wheel of the nearest steady-riding big guy in front of me. (it should be noted here that Jen has observed that at 1.8 meters and 64.5 kilos, i am easily the smallest guy in my bunch. i have not one guilty feeling whatsoever about clinging for dear life to the wheel of a dude who outweighs me by 15 kilos.) there was plenty of nervous jostling as riders fought for position, and once we turned northward and caught the tailwind for the first time, the attacks went thick and fast.
the Mix 1 guys turned the screws at the feedzone and guttered everyone except for about 5 or 6 riders. i managed to hang in until an untimely cramp reduced my pace to a near crawl before i recovered to a reduced level of output.
too little, too late. i rode in with Steve Albe of ColoradoBikeLaw.com and we worked together to minimize our losses for the afternoon. it was a brutally hard race indeed.
13th on G.C. now, and barring unforseen disaster in the criterium, that is where i will likely end up overall. hoping to salvage the race with at least a podium in the crit and some quality time at the front of the bunch... as this is my hometown race after all.
sorry that there are no original AYC images of the road race for this post, as Jen was again way too busy doing a fantastic job as soigneur supporting yours truly.
pro coverage can be found over at Velonews and bikerumor.com
complete daily results and G.C. standings can be found on the official race website
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