2012 San Dimas Stage Race Cat 5 (day 3 - CR)
Weather: 40 deg, wet roads
course: 1.1 miles, 6 corners, 30 minutes
The first lap was pretty neutral. There was no attacking. People were just feeling out the course and the roads. Joel decided to attack about 5 minutes in, and I was about 10 bikes back, so I didn’t want to pull up to him and take people with me, so I stayed back. I knew there were a lot of guys who were uncomfortable with the course and the wet roads, so there was massive yoyoing going on in the middle every time there was a corner or slight incline. I needed to move near the front and save my energy.
Around 17 min, a dude on a Trek, who I knew was sketchy from seeing him race yesterday, tried a breakaway. I let him go, knowing he wouldn’t be able to hold it for 13 minutes until the finish. I let others (#595) chase knowing they would be nervous and didn’t want him to succeed. I just stayed on their wheels, and was conserving for the last 2 laps.
In the last lap, I felt very confident…maybe too confident. In the first corner, I went too fast for the wet conditions and slid out. I ended up snapping my derailleur hanger, bending my new keo blades, ripping through my shoe covers, knee warmers, and my kit. I’ve got some minor road rash, and it hurts to shower a bit. That’s racing for you! I ended up getting pack time for Sunday’s crit, and because 2 of the top 10 did not show up, they were disqualified, and I ended up 11th overall for the weekend. That completes my races as a Cat 5. Not too shabby.
I’ll be back in the summer as a Cat 4 when or if I have a little break and when the conditions are dry. I’ll be training hard in the meantime, so you Cat 4s better watch out because I will be fresh. For now, I’m going to focus on school and relieve myself of the stress which is racing every other weekend.
- moved from top 10 to top 5 in the last 2 laps.
- chased a breakaway, and brought him back in = I’ve got a little bit of power there.
- let a breakaway form, and let others chase => conserving my energy for the last 2 laps.
- warmed up for an hour, felt great going into the race.
- went too fast into a corner, and slid out.
What I would do differently:
- Wet conditions are fine, but I have to be more conservative in the corners.
- I will never race a crit in the rain again.