Friday night was the kick off, The Rumble Dallas Rd. TT. Now this is not my forte, especially when trying to set up the ole' pink flame madone. "Regan, make it faster" was my plea the night before. So he slammed the front end low, I mean on the race of the bearing low, to get me as low as uncomfortably possible. And I broke out the Stan's NoTbes cyclocross skin suit to make myself as aero as possible. Just under 8 minutes and I managed to snag 3rd place! Late friday night at the shop, Regan changed me back into road bike mode...best mechanic/boyfriend ever!
|Rumble TT - photo from Morgan Turner|
Trek Red Truck had 2 women in the pack, and with the 3 solo riders, it was pretty interesting to see how tactics where unfolding. It was very clear that Megan was the strongest climber of the group, and the only race tactic (not my forte either) was to try and split that team up, which didn't work. it came down to a 5 person sprint....which I'm not too bad at. Rolling into the bottom of the last hill, myself, Nik and Megan were dead even. Megan went first and I didn't have the jump on the uphill finish to close the gap, but grabbed second place in my first road race in.....................I think 6 years.
|Westhills Road Race - Photo from Morgan Turner|
After a very hard lesson last year, I quickly learnt that being the most aggressive rider just means that you really have no idea what your doing, haha. That's definitely not to say I'm at all keen on sitting in the entire race, but I am willing to accept the fact that launching 47 attacks and riding away from the group is probably not the best race plan. Maybe being tired from the day before gave me the right amount of smarts to race a really good crit finally.
Shortly into the race I went for the first prime, winning $50 in a very close sprint. I settled into a good groove, making a handful of hard attacks and chasing down a number of hard attacks, but definitely not wasting a bunch of energy. The pack stayed together a lot more this year, which made the whole race dynamic really interesting.....and a lot of yelling.... which seems to be typical of road racing.
With around 10 laps to go I went for my 2nd prime and the best prime ever, $50 to Choux Choux Charcuterie...our local bacon supplier. After that last spring, my legs were ready for the finish. Half way through the 2nd last lap, I attacked, stretching the pack out a bit. Megan came around me and kept the pace high.
Coming out of crash corner for the final time, I attacked, but couldn't shake Megan from my wheel. One last corner and we were both heads down sprinting neck and neck for the line. If it was an inch I'd be surprised, but I nabbed the win! Have to say I'm very honored to be added to the list of all the names that have won the Bastion Crit....and 2nd overall in the Omnium.
|Bastion Crit - Photo from Morgan Turner|
Top Step - Photo from Donna Marie
Just under one month till the Transrockies!