The results were not as good as I had hoped: 37th after a starting spot of 36.
And the end came way too soon as the overzealous USA Cycling official pulled a large group of us that were more than half the course in front of the leaders.
But it was still a pretty successful race.
I started in the fifth row and moved up a lot in the first three minutes. The course was in horrible shape: Deep frozen ruts were throwing guys' bikes every which way. There was a lot of broken tape on that first lap.
Somehow, though, I rode through a lot of the carnage. I was riding stupid maybe, not really thinking or caring about the likelihood of crashing. I just pedaled the bike.
I was probably in the top 20 and moving up through the first pit. I even passed people going up the hill.
A rider who had crashed early came up behind me early on the hill and caught a rut. He apologized as he ran into me.
I, though, caught a rut too, and crashed into the tape. Unfortunately, I was in a big gear and then had to run all the way up the hill.
Most of the field passed me. I got back on at the top and was a little tentative then.
By the start of the second lap, I was feeling more confident, and could ride the ruts decently. And by the third lap, I was riding stupid again, turning off the thinking, even when Dave. E crashed hard in front of me.
I was feeling great on the third lap, passing a lot of people and gliding through the now melting ruts.
That's when I got pulled. And that's why I was so bitter. Just when I was feeling good...
I had a few words for the official, but wisely moved away before I said anything really stupid. I was fired up, though.
I ended the season on a positive note, knowing full well what I need to work on for the next year. I'll do another post for cxmagazine.com on my season and what I've learned from this process.
It's been a good year. I'll leave it at that and move past the bitterness and not being able to race another lap!
It's definitely been a good year.
Now it's time to go watch the elite women and men rip up the course.
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