Velocity Stage Race, May 11-12
May 19, 2013
Road race 119km. went well. Took a few pulls and attacks, finished in 6 packs split up. I managed to stay in the first main pack, but sprinted to 6th out of the 8 in that pack. There were two guys that got away with 10km to go that finished 1-2.
Time trail at 3:30pm. I have never done a stage race with an ITT after the road race. I also finished 8th in the TT. Got my HR up to 179 on the final stretch. Time of 13:39 for the 10km. That put me in 7th for the GC.
Sunday in the crit, it took me 3 laps to get my HR up and warmed up. I was at the back (I even spun for 60 min before hand). After that, I attacked. Nothing came of that on lap 4, then on lap 7 (immediately after the first prime, I attacked again and got away with another rider and we rode together for 20 minutes and built up a lead of 25 seconds. I managed to get a cash prime, which was cool. The other guy ran out of gas and I was doing 30-40 second pulls to his 10 seconds. We got caught with 4 laps to go, then I shot out again right away and went with a group of 9 other riders. We stayed away, but I had nothing left in the tank for the final sprint and finished 8th.
All in all, I am pretty happy. Points in every race – just barely – (only top 8 get points). A measly 6 points for the weekend, but they are my first 6 points in cat 3. A great stepping stone to Bikes on Broadway in Saskatoon this weekend.
Race schedule this weekend in Saskatoon:
Saturday 6pm (likely closer to 645pm) 8.2km ITT.
Sunday 9am Road Race 102km
Monday 8am Crit 40 minutes plus 3 laps.