Saturday, July 08, 2006
Downtown Lenoir Criterium
Well I finally got back into the groove today and raced my bike for the first time in....umm three weeks. Thats quite a long break in competition and I felt it slightly, feeling a little "off" in my technical cornering, etc. but the legs felt solid, and I felt fresh. There was solid money up for grabs, so some pros show up, a few AEG guys, a Toyota United guy, and a few Nerac riders, and a Successful Living guy, plus all the normal regional fast dudes. So I tryed to get into the break that I knew would go early with all those guys in it. But the unfortunante reality is without teammates, I can't be everywhere at once. So I covered the move right before the one that stuck, and missed it. Seven guys rolled off, and lapped the field. In that chaotic mess, three of those guys got off the front again along with four new riders, basically putting 11 riders up the road. Long story short, I conserved well and won the field sprint for 12th comfortably, which put me nicely into the money. Overall I was happy with how things went, but the race does make me appreciate the awesome teammates I have in the collegiate races in the spring. Sorry no pics from the race, I'll work on getting some up soon.