Awesome day to race. 33 degrees or so and sunny. I was glad that I wasn’t sick like the last race. I was feeling pretty good. I was definitely more nervous for this race because of the expectations I put on myself.
So this is the scoop. Brad announced that the next race was going to start in 10 minutes. After about 4 minutes they called everyone to the line. Unfortunately I was still on the course warming up. I thought for a second they might start without me. Nope didn’t happen. So I hopped the tape and made it in time to set up somewhere in the front. Thank You Rob for that insight. I planned on leaving a little space in front of me so I wouldn’t get pinned against the right side of the course at the start. With no avail just like last week Chris sets up right in front of me with his cameras and gave his smile like yea we are going to get it all on tape. All I could think is that I didn’t want to make the bloopers tape if I do something stupid.
The start went well. I cranked pretty hard on the first straight away and was able to get decent positioning. I didn’t want the leaders to get to far away to where I couldn’t catch them. Luckily one of the rides went down trying to ride up the hill and that held up a couple other people. This gave me the opportunity to pass. Upon reaching the downhill portion to the swooping right turn I was able to pass two more and powered for position on the back side of the pond. Before I knew it was me and three other riders cruising half way around the first lap with a small gap to the next group.
After getting through the first lap, the young Byrd’s kid and I took off and left the other two behind. He and I worked together; well I guess you could say I did most of the work. It is hard to draft behind a pencil. With one lap to go and about 100 yards or so in front of the next group the Byrd’s kid left me standing still as he took off.
So all I had to do for the last lap is keep it together and second place was mine. Well it all worked out pretty good. The other group never caught up and I ended up taking second place out of who knows how many. It was pretty cool to work and mix it up with that kid. He is a beast.
This was an awesome race. The course was fast with swooping turns, a lot of room to pass and jockey for position. I really liked the course setup. Thanks to everyone that gave me pointers on how to approach the race. Thanks to Rob for the advice on getting out front early and pacing with the leaders. Pretty good race. Maybe someday I will be able to beat the 15-16 year old. Probably not. Like I said, great day to race. I am excited for the next race in two weeks.