TopSport Stage Race.
Great weekend racing with Bangor, Jaffa, and Mesa in the Oakdale / Copperopolis area. It’s so green out there and tons of cows just grazing. I love it.
Road Stage - Main goal was not to lose time. Bonus goal, gain some time from a break if possible. The stage was harder than I think we all expected. The wind made it difficult and a couple of teams would string it out and fighting for wheels and not getting gapped was the name of the game. I got gapped about midway through the race and Jaffa took a monster pull to put me back in the lead group - and then proceeded to attack the field in an attempt to get off the front. After a few moves that never went anywhere we had one lap left to go and Jaffa got off the front with a Safeway rider and Thirsty Bear. They built up a pretty decent gap and I just sat in the top wheels making sure that if anything else went off the front I’d be in it. I was hoping that move would stick, but the pace picked up - got tough - and we caught Jaffa’s break in the last kilometer. Unfortunately my legs locked up in the last K on the final roller and I lost some time. Ugh.
We were all a little dejected as we rolled back to the car. Curious about how much time we were behind. It couldn’t be much - but it didn’t matter because our feeling was that it shouldn’t have happened. We got over it - watched the Dark Knight, pre rode the TT course, watched Talladega Nights - and got a little inspiration.
We didn’t know times until Sunday morning - and there were some errors in the time gaps - officials fixed them and it turns out I lost 19seconds. Ooof. Ok - maybe I could make that up in the time trial. I had a good warm up - rode hard - felt not so good - but knew because I was riding that skeleton horse. Final 1200meters a big pit bull ran out into the road - I had to hesitate to make sure I didn’t T-Bone him - got around him just fine with minimal speed lost and took it into the finish. Power was where I wanted it - but man, it hurt.
Jaffa went hard too. I caught this as soon as he finished.
Circuit Race Stage - well we went in blind - no results from the TT. So it was just race hard - don’t lose time - gain it if you can. I was hurting from the TT - and so was Jaffa. Bangor didn’t bury himself for the TT so he was ready to work! I didn’t want to do anything for the first 45minutes of the 90min race. A break went off around 20min with two metro mint and some pinnacle riders and a couple others. Bangor rode the front to keep it in check, but not catch it. I tried a few moves to bridge once I realized this thing had a real chance - I couldn’t get anywhere. Jaffa and Bangor exchanged some nice pulls and we caught the break in the last lap. It was a race to the final turnaround we all got around in a good spot. Once we were all together I told Bangor to go for a result if he could. It got a little wild in the sprint Bangor ended with a top 10 I got top 20. Jaffa got caught behind a crash that he tried to avoid - but then ended up crashing anyway. He was alright, just a few cuts.
We rolled up into town to check results - super stoked to see that I won the time trial and had enough time to jump onto the top step of the podium for the overall. Pumped on my teammates for making it happen and stoked to get my first win in a long time.
So long Oakdale.