Omaha Weekend

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OK. I’m a couple weeks behind again. But, I need to stick to the chronological order thing I suppose. So, I’ll try to play catch up. Went up to Omaha for a couple criteriums. The guys up there always find fun, technical courses to ride, so I try to get up there whenever I’m around the midwest. I’m not sure what the deal was, but there were less than 20 starters in the 1-2 race on Saturday and Sunday. Whatever the reason was, I wasn’t into it at all. We had 7 guys there and that isn’t fun bike racing for anyone. But, it was. At least for me. It is very rarely in this sport that I am pretty surprised. But, Saturday was one of those days. I had finally felt OK riding for a couple days and was looking forward to riding hard. With the majority of the field riding on my team, I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out. It played out strange. I got into a break immediately with Alex Boyd. Local Omaha guy that is national level. National Collegiate Road Champion a couple times and a good rider all around. Then Bill, Shad and Chris eventually showed up. That is 4 of us, 1 of him. Anyway, the photo below shows the outcome. I could go into a long process how that came to be, but the real answer was that he was riding the best. Maybe, by miles. I’m not sure still. But, I’m still amazed. As a rider, this is a photo that you never want taken.

Sunday was a do over. I don’t think anyone was looking forward to it. It was pretty hot and a pretty hard course. It went pretty much from the gun. Then Alex managed to throw himself onto the ground in a sketchy corner. He took a free lap, but I think he had enough of the jumpfest, so finally let me go. Sundays photos are better from my perspective, but he had the better weekend by far. Up at Superweek now. Update tomorrow. Oh, sure!