Crit racing is in full swing now. I've done criteriums for the past two weekends and have 4 more weekends of crit racing to go.
Currently I'm in host housing here in Elk Grove, IL a suburb of Chicago waiting on the boys to go for an early morning cruise before the TT. Elk Grove is a pretty sweet race because of the boat load of cash available to win and the support the town seems to put out. I wouldn't rate the course's as the best or even on par, but I know they are trying. Basically you race on the same roads that are used for the tt, curcuit race and criterium. The tt has 3 u-turns and an additional 2 corners, the circuit race has 26 corners per 15km lap, and the criterium actually has been down graded from two u-turns to just one, but at a length of 110km still very challenging.
A quick run down of the past two weeks. First I did the Indiana State Championship Criterium in Bloomington. It was a tough trying to get away and in the end it was field sprint that I wasn't excited about getting aggressive in. Two of the more exciting parts of the race were Ryan Knapp getting taken out as he was trying to pull through and Jason Follwer rolling a tubular. Everyone seemed to be ok which was good. The followind day I met up with the boys in Ohio for the Ohio State Championships. It was kind of painful to look over this flat course and look over the river to see a wall, and wishing we went over that. It was ok though as we had a handfull a super sprinters in Marco, Chad, and Ben. We had a plan that was working perfectly and had everything ready to take the win till we had a mishaps in the leadout with 500 meters to go and 4 guys on the front. Oh well it was only Tour de Burg and nobody was hurt to bad.
This past weekend was the Chicago Criterium. There was a huge field at this even with 170 some starters taking to the line. It's a pretty wide open course so easy to move around in. If it had been a tight course it would have been wicked. We were just trying to be in every move in case anything went away, but again another field sprint. I did my thing where I help position the sprinters up front and take them as close to the line as I can and get out of the way. It worked out pretty well as Chad was 5th. We were pretty happy with that and ready to improve on it. We seem to be getting better and more organized every weekend.
That brings us to this weekend at Elk Grove. Hopefully we continue to improve.