Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Crit Specialist

It appears that I am no longer a road racer/gc/climber dude. The first step in actually be one or any of those would be racing in such an event. Secondly you would need results in that event to be classified as that type of rider. Did you get that? Confusing I know.

Last weekend I had a couple more crits on my plate. First with a few guys at the Marion Crit which was an NRC event and the following day with Chad in Carmel, IN.

The Marion Crit didn't start off to well and almost didn't start at all for myself. With a little rain falling on the 10 corner crit I was a bit hesitant about racing with nationals around the corner. I didn't want to risk injury. I decided to feel it out and take caution to see if conditions would improve. It didn't take long before I heard riders hitting the ground on the first lap. This particular incident took out teammate Bennet and left him with a season ending injury. Heal up fast. I didn't actaully see the two crashes on the first two laps, only heard them, so I was able to put it out of my mind and continue as my Kenda tires seemed to be holding really well in the wet like last week.

So this crit is simple to explain. It was single file basically the entire time with Colivitia sending a rider off the front non stop then sitting up in the corners. It always seemed like one team or another missed out, which would lead to either Kenda, Kelly, Menzies (his own team), AeroCat, etc. chasing. It wasn't till under 15 laps to go that a Colivitia rider took off solo and was never seen again. Chad hooked up with me and we headed directly to the front. Kelly was chasing with an AeroCat rider between the field and the Colivitia rider. I took a pull to bring back the AeroCat guy and as soon as that happen Menzies went off the front and I grabbed his wheel. Soon enough I was with him, a Colivitia rider, and Mt Kakis rider as Chad took a nice sit up in corner and we were off. We held off the field for the remainder of the race and my sprinting skills took me to 5th. Kenda write up.

The following day I hopped on my bike and rode up to Carmel to meet up with Chad to do an awesome local crit. I just wanted to get a good workout in and ride hard, and that is what I did. Chad followed the first few moves from the gun like the past 5 weeks and I eventually got up there. I ended up in break with 6 others, eventually it widdled down to 4. I rode it hard, tried attacking at the end, didn't work and either did my sprint. I ended up 4th. Still had tons of fun.

I'd like to give a shout out to two guys though. One is Steve Godbey. He is one of my Avon posse members who still rides with me. He mostly does Brevets (long 3-5 day rides between 600-1200km's!) Late this summer he started partaking in crits, so the complete opposite. He has been getting a couple of top 10's of late. Great work man! Must be all the motorpacing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The other is Jeff Rhodes. He is the guy who supplies myself and team with the best rollers in the world, TruTrainers. He has been rippin the 4's up as of late with a couple of top 10's and few podiums to boot. There must be something about training on the trutrainers in the Indiana winters.

Well up next for myself is the USPRO Road Race Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. I'm actually feeling pretty confident about this race and think some good things could happen. Kenda p/b Spinergy is bringing plenty of strong riders and we are there for one thing only, the jersey. I'll just have to remember to pack my climbing legs and pull them out along with a big bag of courage and I should be just fine.

Leaving tomorrow.

Breeze On


Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. Actually racoing one of those. Hmmmm, yeah . . . Battenkill, JMSR, Fitchburg. You are a CRIT MAN now. Live with it homie! (LOL)

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