Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sterling Pre-Race

The Sterling Classic Road Race is just 10 miles from my home and is going off at 10:25am this morning.  I'm going to ride over and do it.  The last time I did it was 2 years ago in a torrential rain storm.  It wasn't a great experience.  Ata Cycle had just given me a new MC-2 (Museeuw) to race and I crashed it on the second of ten laps by slipping out on the courses highway section where the painted line is raised just enough to make it a treacherous hazard when wet.  Fortunately I wasn't injured.  The pack was moving at around 30 mph when I hit the deck and I just hydroplaned across the rain covered road and neatly collided into an innocuous mulch bed just happening to be there, not unlike a high-jumpers landing pit.  I was amazed at how relatively gentle it felt but I wouldn't want to do it again.

There was pain though. After collecting myself, checking the bike and assessing my odds of catching the pack I began the chase and it sucked.  Filled with adrenalin I hammered to get the pack within touching distance just before the course's meaningful climb and this was a mistake.  I hit the base deep into a red-lined state and just couldn't hold pace going up so the pack floated out of sight again.  Once I got over the top I mashed for a couple awfully painful miles and saw that I was getting the distance back.  Throwing caution to the wind I put in an all out effort descending like a banchi on the courses downhill section to make the connection before the highway section.

I wanted to be sure to catch them before the highway because it's where the group rolls really strong and fast.  If I didn't connect before this section I'd never catch them.  Anyway, the long and short is that it took a bleeding from my ears effort to make it but I used up all my stores in doing so. 

From that point on in the race it was all I could do to just ride in the pack and finish midfield and I suffered in a bad way the whole time.  Suffering can be awesome, even fun when you're racing within yourself but it can also scar you if you're not.  I skipped the race last year for latter reason.  I went and had fun watching it instead. 

The weather today looks like it is going to be a banner day!  Bad racing sh#t can still defiantly happen in awesome weather but somehow the sun shine and cool air make things feel a lot less discouraging going in. 

Peace and RS.

3 comments:

  1. go skip, rubber side down...

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  2. I crashed the same way 2 years ago. Probably the same stretch. Much respect for chasing back on, lucky you & the machine were in a state that allowed it.. my bike wasn't so lucky.

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  3. I raced, I'm now in pain. It was a pretty sweet day out there. The race was essentially a solo ride for me after the 2nd hill, but oh well.

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