Hotter’n Hell Friday Criterum

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Short update on today’s criterium results. In the woman’s race, Jennifer Purcell (Hotel San Jose) won the race handily.

There were 106 starters in the Pro 1/2 race. Figure 8 course. Mid 90’s, but super dry so it didn’t seem that hot. It was a pretty animated race. At one point, there was a group of 18 up the road, but that is too large of a group to stay working smoothly usually. Anyway, it was coming down to a field sprint. Hotel San Jose put their zillion riders at the front with 7 to go. Texas Metro lined it up and took over for a couple laps, but San Jose was back the last two laps. I was way, way too far back at that point. And it was going pretty good at the front. I made a couple huge moves on the last lap, but was still not in the right position with three corners to go. I was pretty gassed, but put it in my 11 and sprinted the last long straight. I passed a ton of guys and was diving through the inside of the 2nd to last corner when the leadout swung way too wide and there was carnage on the outside. I was on a super tight inside line, but had to scrub a ton of speed and ended up slogging to the line to finish 6th. Jason Wadell won. I think most of the San Jose guys fell, but I’m not sure who all was laying there.

We’re just heading to eat dinner. Tomorrow is a 6:45am start for the 100 mile road race. Maybe a nap will be on order tomorrow afternoon.

There are somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 bike riders here for the tour tomorrow. There isn’t a hotel room within a 100 mile radius of Wichita Falls. It was fun racing in front of such a knowledgable crowd.

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I’m not sure what is going on with the leg extension here.

This is the sleeping situation at midnight when no one answers the door at the MSU sleeping jail.

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