Monday, August 31, 2009 - Race ReportsYesterday's US Pro Road Race was my biggest race to date. Cars and motorcycles were everywhere and the crowds were huge. The plan was to do 110 miles around Greenville, 3 loops around downtown, followed by 4 big loops over Paris Mountain and then 3 more loops downtown.
This was also my first national level one day race and it was very chaotic and very fast, people were attacking all over the place. Going into it I was worried about positioning, but it wasn't that big of an issue. It was more that after covering a few moves I was in the box and it was still going super fast.
The downtown circuits resulted in only David Zabriskie getting off the front. We were expecting people to attack on the climb but it was pretty mellow.
Going back into town I rolled off the front in a large group of about 13. Sheldon and Tom were in there too. We had almost 3 minutes going into the climb for the 2nd time but the pack must have gone really hard because we were at about a minute over the top. We got caught on the decent and there were only about 50 riders left at that point.
It went fast again on the flats with all the counter attacks. I was cooked and barely holding on and came off pretty quickly the third time up Paris Mountain. I ended up riding it with Fred Rodriguez. We were talking Rock Jeans when Zabriskie came zooming past us hanging on to a scooter. I was a little jealous, we had to pedal ourselves back into town.
Overall, the race was an awesome experience and I'm glad to have been a part of it. However, when you're excited to be doing US Pro, it's always implied you finish. Next time.
Anyway, it's good to finally be home after 3 weeks on the road. Now it's time for some rest and/or research.