My race reports.
Signed up for masters 1/2/3 with all the usual fast guys, and I figured some other fast guys too. I knew it would be tough. Got a 3rd row start, of about 50 guys. Whistle blew, I took off, shot up the left side which opened up after we got out of the gate, and hammered up to 4th place somehow. I was wondering how I got there, but screw it, I just went with it and did my best to stay where I was. I was killing, I mean killing, the tight stuff, being very aggressive with the corners, taking spots, and covering others from taking my line. Only got yelled at once this race, which always lets me know I'm pissing people off, so that fits into my race plan.
We headed down the hill, and somebody balled it up at the bottom and a few people piled into him and threw everybody else off their game. That screwed me up a bit, and in the commotion I lost quite a few spots, and then I lost quite a few more as the race progressed. Still wound up finishing 17th somehow, which I was pretty happy with considering the level of competition there.
Dani finally looked like her old self again and tore up the girls race winning by quite a bit. She was super happy and won a $300 Bontrager kit. Her bike handling is top notch. The girl does have some skills, and in warmups she did both hills which were pretty steep and technical without an issue at all. Happy day for both of us.
Day 2 was interesting as always. Dani killed it again and had a great race, but there were two other girls who have done the whole WORS series this year and are really strong. I think Dani's handling is better, but they are stronger, so the racing was awesome, and they were together the whole race. Pretty exciting.
My race was great once again, with some drama again too.
Same players, same start, and I wound up in 6th place going down the hill. I stayed where I was almost the entire first lap until the barriers. I was flying through the barriers all weekend, and this one was just as fast, but when I put my bike down and hopped on, my chain was off. I had to get off and put that back on quickly right before the second downhill, so I was unclipped going down that and almost housed it again there, but probably lost a half dozen spots at least seeing as it was the first lap and we were all freight training through there.
Worked my way back to where I should be, and I was duking it out with this guy going back and forth between pedaling sections where he was strong and technical sections where I was strong. On the last lap we were running up the hill where I would pass him each lap, and he decides to pinch me into the fencing while we were running up knowing I was gonna pass him. While I was pushing my bike up, I held out my other arm to keep him from coming over any more so I could pass him, and he flipped out telling me I'll be sorry blah blah blah. I was cracking up.
So we were rounding this long sweeper, and he thought it would be smart to squeeze me again trying to make a pass. Elbows out, and he goes down like a dead sailor. I wish there was a way to identify who the motorcycle racers are in the group so people know not to mess with them.
I hear him yelling his ass off while picking his bike up and I was cracking up again.
We finished, and while I was hanging out with a couple team members, he comes up to me and starts talking smack. I had to explain how he made an aggressive move and I just countered it. No biggie. Mess with the bull you get the horns!
I doubt he will try to chop me off again though.
Finished 17th again, which I'm surprised at because most of these guys are super fast CAT 1s, so I'll take it.
Dani raced the 45 minute womens race after her junior race and got 9th out of 17 women. She had a great weekend and so did I. Couldn't be happier. The course was so much fun. Not at all what the video made it look like.
Saw Sean out there with his ridiculous kit.
Kevin looked like he was hurting and worked his way back from starting out 10th or something on the first lap. Sweet bike though.
Day 1: http://connect.garmin.com/dashboard?cid=30975524
Day 2: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/380241272
Legs feel good today and I did a 30 mile recovery ride on the MTB. Looks like I can keep wattage at 200 all day long and not even worry about it. My HR around that power should be roughly 130 or so. I will probably use that as a basis for La Ruta.