Saturday, July 25, 2009 - Race ReportsToday's stage of the Cascade Classic was a 90 minute crit in downtown Bend. Since it didn't start till 7pm it was a long day of waiting.
After a short ride a few of us Bissell riders went and had lunch with the Rad Racing junior team. Tom told them how important it is to not do drugs and stay in school. Great advice.
Before the crit, Tim, my old running buddy and best man at my wedding, stopped by on his way to Denver. It was good to catch up with him and see his new baby Elsie. He also got me all pumped up for the race.
The race? It was fast. I felt confident after the Fitchburg crit, I moved up there no problem and did stuff, today was much different. It was basically a flat 5x1 block hot dog. It would get bunched up in the last two turns causing some sketchy moves and forcing big accelerations.
After about an hour of suffering I finally got in a rhythm. I think people just found their place and dealt with it. Not as much fighting for position.
With about 7 laps to go someone clipped their pedal in the last corner sending me into a hay bale. I got my free lap, but that was pretty much the end of my race. They let those of us who crashed back in when half the peloton had passed so after our 0 to 36 acceleration we were on the back. I don't know if it was that, the two minutes rest to let the legs lock up, or getting stuck with other riders in the same position that cracked me, but crack I did.
I got pulled with 5 to go and was pretty wasted. As I did my lap off the back I heard some people yell, "Go Burke." After the face, Burke was a little unhappy to hear this and I'd like to apologize for hurting his image.
That actually isn't the first time I've been off the back getting called Burke this week. It happened on Wednesday too. I don't think I'll tell Burke about that.
Anyway, tomorrow is another day. We prerode the circuit race loop this morning and it's pretty hard. Hopefully it'll go better than today.