First Race as Cat IV
Field Size 100
Weather WINDY 20-30 Mph gusts
Finished 12Th place
Well as I suspected the winds were still strong on race day. My goal was to stay hidden in the pack. I did that so well that Brandy said she had been trying to take pictures of me but couldn’t find me. I told her that was the plan.
The course was two long straights with two U-turns at either end. Our speeds going into the wind were mid 20’s our speed with the tailwind was well over 30 mph.
So this is what would happen every lap. We would go really fast with the tailwind (over 30mph) then slow down to a crawl (about 10mph) into the U-turn then full throttle into the wind then crawl into the other U-Turn then full throttle as we came out of the turn with the tailwind. Repeat this for four laps.
It became very apparent that sitting in was more important than trying to be a hero. So I sat in until the last turn and then the sprint was on. We came out of the corner at almost full throttle with at least a mile to go to the finish line. I sensed the move coming from my left and chased after it. Well he tried to get into the train and they didn’t let him in. As he tried to enter the train he cut my buddy off which threw off my line, then he cut me off, which threw off my line again and by that time he had created a gap. I hesitated whether I should chase or if I should just wait until someone bridged the gap and follow the wheels to the 200 meter line. Well other riders did come up and I was swallowed up. I had to fight for 12Th place.
In retrospect, I should have followed that flyer because he brought me to the front and if I would have stayed with him I would have been that much further ahead of the pack when he rolled off to let his teammate win. I have replayed this in my head for the last 12 hours and I can’t get it out of my head.
HIDING IN THE PACK. CAN YOU SPOT ME?
FIELD SIZE 100
THE SPRINT FINISH
I’M LIFTING MY RIGHT HAND BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT MY NUMBER BLOCKED BY THE BIG GUY NEXT TO ME