Apparently at updating this as well as racing my bike. Last weekend went alright, I rode alone on Saturday, one final Estes loop from Greeley before I move. I felt good, and worked hard, and cranked it out a half hour faster than I ever have.
Sunday was the City Park Crit. I decided that since I would try to be aggressive early rather than waiting for the race to happen around me. That planned turned into a few laps alone off the front, then when some people finally joined me, they started attacking each other and I was too gassed to go with. The race winning move of Dirk Friel and Colby Pierce went then, and I went back to the group. The two of them ended up lapping the field, and I ended up 15th in the sprint with a little group of 4 or 5 up up the road, but behind the break, that was leading out the main group. It always gets confusing when you get lapped. Hopefully it doesn't happen again too soon.
I did the Tuesday night training races in Golden, which turned out to be a blast. I went out to get a hard effort in, and I think I got one. I once again tried to be as aggressive as I could, joining a little break after the first of many primes, and then sprinting for a few primes as well as attacking through the prime sprints. In the end it came down to a bunch kick, so I went for it. I felt much better in the sprint than I ever have, and managed to pull of a second place after Jonathon Garcia just rode away from me.
Today was the Rist Canyon Road Race in Ft. Collins. It sucked, I sucked, it's over, I don't really want to talk about it.
What I do want to talk about however is drafting behind a wheel car in an ACA race. To my knowledge it's not allowed, so I stayed off the bumper. A couple guys I was dropped with apparently didn't agree, so they took the ride, trying to pace back onto the field. WE WERE GOING UP RIST CANYON, are you guys idiots? Really, is it worth cheating to get a draft when you're grinding your way up a 12 mile climb almost grannied out? I rode with them for a minute, but once I realized they were blatantly sitting on this bumper I just dropped off and rode alone. I ended up beating at least one of the guys, who apparently never did get back on. Anyway, I suppose it's not a big deal, but it doesn't take much to irritate me on a climb like that. Dang, they hit that climb soooo hard. I heard the lead group crested it in under 40 minutes. That's fast.
On to shorter and better things. New Belgium Crit is tomorrow. I like this course, but had bad luck there with a flat and no wheels last year. I won't make the same mistake again. Wish me luck, it should be a fun race. One more thing, I put a new chain and cassette on my bike last night! Holy crap, it feels like a brand new bike. It's funny how you forget how nice it is to have a bike that shifts when you want it to. Alright, that's all, thanks for checking in.