I wrote a post a couple years ago about why there aren’t any bike races on Easter Sunday. Today I get to race a criterium in Garland. And today was Amstel Gold. (Man, Gilbert has that finish down.) I’m a little short of time today. I’m going to ride the 30 miles over to the race. Yesteday I only got in 7 miles of riding before the start and after a 3 hour drive and I was stale, not feeling good to about 5 laps to go, which was good.
Yesterday the race was hard. It is really pretty much a parking lot criterium. Not a typical parking lot crit, the whole course lined with cones, but a partial. And it was windy, so you tended to be hugging the edges more than was comfortable.
I’ll do a play by play tommorrow, since I’m late, but the race was pretty hard and it all split up the last 20 minutes. I can sense that it was going to explode, so I stayed near the front. Bill and I both made the front group of 12 or so, but a few more guys caught on when we started dicking around.
It came down to a field sprint of maybe 20 guys. It was a good finish for me, but I really didn’t ride it properly and didn’t have the kick at the end. I ended up 5th, a few bikes lengths back. Bret Crosby won. I gave up a little too early or maybe could have finished a place better. Whatever, I’m good with it. I really need the speed work. I am really under raced and need to get some top end, which I was lacking the first hour of the race yesterday.
We’re racing and then driving the 500 miles back home tonight. The last time I did that drive, I totalled Isuzu, so I hope to have a pretty day than that.
Okay, we’re staying down by Whiterock Lake with some old friends from Topeka. It is great. I’ll post more tomorrow.