Temps: 70′s F partly cloudy
Short 1.3 mi course with two short climbs and few opportunities to fully recover.
Strategy: strap in and hang on and try to hang with anything that goes. Winners were in the break. Lapped riders remained in the race making it hard at times to discern who was who as they would try to rejoin the main field or help their teammates. Apparently this is legal.
The second to last lap 4 others were ahead in the break and I was with 2 other riders and only the tiendo duro rider who had been a tad squirrely stayed with me. The final lap the tiendo duro rider refuse to do any work but I was partly ok with that as I had little interest in being on his wheel after watching his handling in the turn and subsequent climb. After the roundabout he came around me and we both sprinted to the line. He won by half a wheel. We were joined by two other lapped riders who sprinted with us which provided a slight distraction.
Temps: 80′s F sunny
Was exhausted from the first race but had already pre-reg’d. we apparently started 4min too soon so we stopped at the first lap and restarted. I was having trouble from the start–relegated to the back after the first two climbs. By lap 2 I was off the back. I stayed in only because I needed the workout and was curious if something positive might happen. Few people who were also falling off the back seemed to have the legs to keep a solid pace on the climbs. So I was mostly alone or with a new rider every lap as I prayed for the lap cards to come out. Just a few more I told myself. Hussein had sat up and looked to be saving himself for the later E3 race with Ben and Jason. I asked him if he thought I should stay in or if I could do anything for him. I decided to stay. With every lap I could see the field getting further away and I feared I might get lapped. This was the only thing motivating me. I suffered alone for 16th which feels better than a DNP.
I’ll have to check if the field was big enough for any upgrade pts.
Teammates: hussein and jason
Weather: Sunny and hot with a breeze
Field was about 30 riders at start
I got a good long warmup in anticipation of the pace being hard from the start. It was. I worked to stay near the front and the pace was high but not punishing. After a few laps the field really started to shred and I found myself in the leading group of 6. We didn’t really work together but didn’t need to. No one was catching us. I could see Jason and Hussein riding solo or with 1 or 2 riders. On the roundabout before the finishing hill on the last lap i took it fast and opened a small gap and tried to tt solo to the finish. Got caught part way up the finishing hill and sprinted for 5th. It was really painful. Jason got 10th and Hussein 12th. I won a pair of socks.