Nothing much to say here. I sucked pretty much. Not completely, but nearly. I had no jump. My lower back hurt. Along with my neck, my shoulder and ribs. Even my left knee was sore. I seem to be getting more sore on a daily basis. Everyone says it’s because I’m trying to compensate for other stuff. I have fallen down on my bike hundreds of times. I don’t remember getting sorer over a week later.
3 guys rode off the front nearly from the start. The two ISO Corp guys bridged up with just a few laps to go. That is 5 away. Never more than 25 seconds. But, enough to stay away until the end. I was nearly winning the field sprint until about 25 meters to go and got buried by 4 or 5 guys. I finished 10th or 11th I think. Nothing to write home about. It was pretty windy and not that easy a race. Races with U turns are like that. Tomorrow is a do over with 12K prize list. Maybe I’ll feel better or have a better result. But, it’s not like the field is chopped liver. Frank Travisio won. Health Blackgrove and a ton of other good guys are here, so it’s always going to be pretty hard.
One upside is that the new Trek Madone races as nice as it rides. I had to chase Bromont down yesterday in the country on gravel roads. Then today, it was pretty wet before the race. I tried to explain to the bike that it isn’t an easy life being under me. I’m not sure it understood, but it will eventually get it.
The 2nd day at Elk Grove is a do over for the 1-2 field. Same race. 10km longer. The 10km made a difference I think. The field got smaller much quicker than yesterday. It happened in the PRO race too. It is surprising how hard a race with a U turn is. The race went badly for us, TradeWind Energy guys. We, all 3, were riding much better. Towards the end of the race a large group got away. Over 10 guys. Then 2’s and 3’s started latching on. Eventually there were over 20 guys in the “break”. And just a few more than that left in the field. Where I was. I jumped out of the U turn and tried to bridge up. I only managed to launch Josh Carter and Chad Cagle up to the move. I didn’t make it. I wasn’t that tired. Just was lazy or something. Josh ended up winning the race. Over $2000 for 1st, I think. Brian Jensen, from my team, was off the front with 2 other guys with 3 laps to go. One of the guys he was with hit his pedal, fell and took Brian down. He got up and chased back onto the tail end of the break again, but wasn’t mentally with it and missed the bell. Obviously he didn’t do well in the sprint. I felt better, but am still way tweeked. This might be the first race this season, other than stages in stage races, that I haven’t won money in. I usually have one of those races every year. This one shouldn’t of been it.
The Kenda women beat Laura Van Gilder today. Yesterday, Catherine Walberg was 3rd. Today her team mate won. They made bank. Catherine was so tired after the race yesterday, below is how she put her bottle back on her bike. It is amazing it stayed there.
Launching Josh up to the break.
Nicer photo of Catherine with her big size check.