|At the start w/ my Cat 1 nephew Pete Custer. Pete came up from DC. Good thing too because I forgot my racing kit and Pete gave me his extra one, so we wore his 'Bike Doctor' black & red together which was pretty cool.|
I was in good position at that point and my legs felt fine but on the course's only technical turn (#3) I allowed myself to get pinched into the fence and lost 15 places, just like that. I sprinted up the rise to make up the spots and got back into top 20 but it took me almost a full lap and then I got pinched in the same corner again....and from that point on I was red-lined & lost places the entire last lap. I dropped from top twenty all the way down to 49th. 67 guys finished the race. Luke Keogh won and capped off an amazing season. Saturdays win should seal a very good contract for him in 2013.
All in all it wasn't horrible for me. Two mistakes did me in but this is the top racing level in the country and that's just the way it is. The big 'take away' for me is that you have to race at this level often enough to really figure out position in the closing laps. All good though.
On another good note; one of my Continental Cafe Riding partners (Lucianno Pavan) won the screaming fast Cat 2 race. He's been knocking on the door all year and this was a perfect end to his terrific season.
|Luciano and I two weeks ago. Boston Continental Cafe Ride. (LuMo)|
|Oh yeah...Great ride Luch.|