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Poor College Kids Road Race - 1.31.10

posted Feb 15, 2010, 9:32 AM by Tyler Wertenbruch   [ updated Feb 15, 2010, 9:34 AM ]
Well, still licking my wounds here. But it was nice to see so many SLO Nexus jerseys and familiar faces there to represent us, each in our respective events. The course was great and the weather perfect for racing! Well organized too - on time starts and no unexpected problems that I could see. Hats off to UCSB club.

This was my first time doing the 45+ 1,2,3,4 cat. Let's just say I felt a bit intimidated when I saw several Amgen guys and the stars and stripes dude at the start.

Basically, I made the mistake of going too hard at the start of the main hill. I took it upon myself to bridge up to about 7 guys who jumped off the front and were pulling away quickly. Obviously, their teammates were blocking and I didn't want to just sit there and watch em ride away. So I jumped out to bridge up. I put in a hard effort for about a minute. We caught em, but then I started to go into the red quickly near the top and was spit out the back. I and 5 others proceeded to chase and formed a pace line to catch. After about 5 miles of some serious big gear hammering into the headwind, we finally made contact again, but this took a lot out of me. I must say it was "fun" to push it to the limit in what was basically a team time trial in the middle of the race. I popped off the back on the main climb on return of that first lap - I had blown. I rode the second/last lap with one other dude, but then alone when he dropped off my wheel almost home.

Before the race I told myself I wasn't going to just suck wheel and wait til the end for a group sprint (like what happened in San Ardo last year). That just doesn't seem like racing to me. But this time, I think I was just a little too eager and not as proficient as I thought I could be. Oh well, chalk it up to experience. Next race: Cantua Creek and Pine Flats Feb. 13 - 14. Hope to see you all there for more beautiful therapy of bike racing.
John
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