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So, give us the blow-by-blow! I'm really proud!
yeah - no kidding? where are the details! kick down!
I rode over to Seward park in a headwind which always makes me feel weak and tired. I have also been sick which makes me feel weak and tired. I got in line at about mid pack and then the race started after a warning about it being wet and slippery in the gutters. I should have let a bit of air out of my tires but didn't. I was last in the pack of about 30 for the first 5 or so laps. My throat was dry and I had no water. I knew the prime lap was coming soon I started moving up in the pack and testing my traction on the hill by standing up and pushing a little bit. It was pretty slippery in the gutters just like the guy said. The bell rang on lap 8 and I was in the front 3rd of the pack. We came around the corner before the finish hill and a really tall guy in a cucina fresca kit jumped of the front and I caught his wheel and followed him up the hill. When it leveled out he kept looking back to the right about 100 feet before the line I stood up and immediately almost crashed because my back wheel slid out. I beat him by about 5 feet. After that I was wondering if would be bad form to drop out of the race after winning the sprint. The guys behind me would not pass me, probably to make me suffer for winning the sprint. I felt really awful for two more laps pulling everyone. The next prime was at 2 laps to go and nobody even tried for it. I just hung in there trying to catch my breath. on the last lap I started feeling better and maybe I had enough to sprint at the end but one guy who wins the thing every time took off with .5 mile left to go and nobody tried to catch him. At the bottom of the finish hill cucina guy took off again and I followed him but ran out of steam before the finish and came in 5th.
the guy who wins this thing every time needs to man-up and upgrade to the next category. Sounds like we'll be talking about you like that pretty soon. Chad - you are a friggen stud, man. I only wish I could experience a race like that.Keep up the good work - and I want to hear about every race! (you see, I'm living vicariously through you, it's the only way I get top 10...);-)--
I found an image of the sprint.
Chad: What cat are you riding? Any interest in riding with one of the sport cams? (see my P-I blog for examples...)Email me if interested.David Longdon
Do it, Chad -- wear the camera!!!
Sure, I'll wear one.I am CAT5, a newbie.
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