What a weekend! The weather was completely different then it has been over the past three weeks. From 90's and sunny to 60's and rain.
Not having raced since Toona I was a bit concerned about how my crit legs would be, especially compared to those who have been racing top notch criteriums since Toona ended. The good thing about the weekend is that the pro-am the day before is only half the distance of the main event the following day.
So anyways the pro-am went really well for me and for most of my teammates who also were able to stay upright and out of trouble. Unfortunately Dewald wasn't so lucky and hit the deck hard under 10 laps to go. I got a great starting position at the back and once we got going and everything strung right out I was 35 seconds from the front of the field. I was so far back I couldn't even see the front for the first few laps. I thought I was going to have an early dinner. Luckily enough I was able to move right to the front, while avoiding splits and crashes and finished the race unscathed and with a bit of confidence heading into the National Championships.
Well conditions were a bit worse the following with a heavy rain the whole day and a steady rain during the event itself. Just like yesterday things immediately strung right out and I quickly went to the front before it got to late. I made it close enough to the front as things got going. Many were not so lucky, and many would not be very lucky on this day. The race was marred with crashes. I just tried to keep it safe for most of the race while holding good position. After all the attacks and hard racing Kelly took over with 10 laps to go and it was just down to fighting for position as they were leading it out and bringing back late race escapes. I was looking and trying to hold Alejandro's wheel towards the end, but that guy moves through the peloton in ways that nobody could follow. Not even a snake. Under 3 laps to go I just couldn't believe I was still in their with a chance of a good finish, but with Jon in the radio and my parents in the crowd yelling I was very motivated to get a top finish. After all the crashes and taking a good inside line in the last corner avoiding the last crash of the day I sprinted in for 9th. It was one of my better crit rides and luck was for sure on my side. It was good to get some good racing like that in before road nationals and hopefully I can put in another top performance there as well. Time will tell.
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