Well it happened, as I was hoping it soon would. I finished off a race with a W. It wasn't easy, but it never is. But other then the fact that I won, what a pretty cool race.
with little to no traffic and basically use of the whole road. I hope this race is able to stick around, and I bet if you had the right weather conditions you would have a lot more spectators right there in The start/finish area right in downtown Frankenmuth, then heading out into the back countryFrankenmuth near the start finish.
Not only was there a bike race the same day in Frankenmuth there also was a Lumberjack competition, a dog jupming compition, and a sand sculpter competition. I was glad we were able to find the right spot and not end up at the Lumberjack competition, and at first glance of Papa Tony I thought we had made that mistake, but dont be confused he is a bike racer, and not a Lumberjack.
Right from the start the questions were flying. Shouldn't you be doing something bigger and better? Is this your Philly prep? Do you know this race is only half the distance of Philly? My answers to those questions were there is nothing better going on then the Tour of Frankenmuth this day, yes I am using this race in prep for Philly, and yes I am well aware of the distance of the race at Philly, but thanks for making it somehow seem longer as if it didn't seem long enough.
This race was fairly aggressive with riders going up the rode right from mile one, with James Knight going up and off the course as the lead motos took him off course. We on the other went the right direction, but then slowed and waited for him to catch back on. Soon enough some others attacked into the crosswind section.
Well one after another break went and was reeled back. I spent a fair bit of time following moves, and bringing things back. Even were in a few breaks, but a few guys didn't seem like they wanted to work with me. It was on lap 3 where a group of 7 or so had gotten up the road and I was able to get up the road with 2 or 3 guys on my wheel and make it to the front group. I didn't know we had separated from the main field, but when we caught up I glanced back and saw the split and went hard for a while to keep the field back.
I was hoping the group would work better then it did, but some guys were either a bit fatigued or didn't want to work in the group that was this big, or that had me in it. A few guys worked well with me and would roll through, but then we did still have the few were on the back that had me a bit concerned.
Halfway through the 4th lap everyone was sitting up again and not pulling through so I rolled to the very right side of the road and rode hard for a km, then made the left into one of the headwind sections. I glanced back again and nobody had got on my wheel and I opened up a gap. I then hit it just before being joined by Ben Whitehead of Priority, and I drilled it for the next half lap, while Ben did what he could. Into the final lap I couldn't see anymore riders and figured our gap was big enough, so I let up a bit and tried not to take harder, or longer pulls then my companion and save it for the finish.
In the last km, I decided that I was going to stay behind him and make him lead out the downhill sprint. He had other plans and attacked before the last rain soaked corner and opened up a bit of gap as I took the corner a bit easier. He kept on the gas, but I was able to close the gap with 500 meters to go and with just under 300 to go I took off and went in for my first victory of the year.
Up next I think I've decided to do Tour of Gastown Light in Grand Rapids. So I will see you boys on Monday again. I really enjoy coming back to the local scene. Everyone is so friendly and the words of encouragement as I go out to the big races I really enjoy. Thanks guy
Thanks for reading
Oh yeah it was raining during the race.