Starting in the second row, I had the first “job” of my racing career: stay with significant attacks for the first 30 minutes of the race. I was racing for my teammate Tim and not for myself. Freaking exciting!
One guy attacked right off the freaking line! Who makes an attack hold in wind through a 75 minute crit off the line? I let him go and so did everyone else.
Laps average 1min 36secs over 0.8miles with an average power of 346watts. The attacks and counter attacks usually took place up the hill and then again at the top of the hill. After these guys blasted my legs for that first 30 minutes, the race would end for me… but it didn’t.
I can feel 30 minutes of attacks in my legs and sit up to let one of my teammates take over. I fade back in to the pack with considerable exhaustion, yet I was so excited to be racing with these guys that I recovered and started working again. Rory and I traded attacks. Tim and Luis looked for opportunities. By the end, we put Tim in the top 10!
I didn’t do so bad either: 20th place! With 68 total riders staring this race, I’m hopeful. I’m psyched to have Eric Kenney coaching me from EK Endurance coaching. He’s taken me from a completely inexperienced Cat 4 road racer to a p0tentially competitve Cat 2 roadie in 1 year. Psyched about Simple Racing!
I blog about these accomplishments because I believe that our efforts will bolster support for the Pedal Project. I now wear the Pedal Project logo while I race. I’m very proud of this fact. Ever since 24 hours of Moab – my 1st big bike race – I have wanted to race for a cause that depends on the effort that I put into each and every pedal stroke.
So through racing well, I expect that the Pedal Project will grow. We will one day have a substansial team of kids racing CX who would not otherwise have the opportunity…you just wait and see!