|Riding amongst the peleton during Sundays Criterium at East Rock Park.|
|Smiles at the line.|
ITT - All of the races took place in East Rock Park, a large rock which rose 500 feet from it's base. The ITT, which was labeled a hill climb was a mad grind to the top of the rock. Averaging 25mph in the first half before the climb, my pace dropped significantly upon entering the climb which resulted in a 23rd place finishing with a time of 13:05.28, just over 1 minute behind the winning time.
Circuit - The Circuit race became a more challenging race than I was initially expecting. We did multiple laps which were essentially a mellow climb into a slightly steeper switchback, followed by a technical and fast descent. There were no places where the pace really eased up like they would normally do in a circuit race. From the start of the race right up until the end, the pace climbing was higher than I could sustain without having warmed up fully. Usually one can warm up throughout the course of a longer race such as a circuit race, but during this particular circuit, I was popped off the back off the pack no later than midway through the second lap. In an attempt to chase back on I further strain myself and finally arrived in Bonktown, where I rode out the remainder of the race with a 51st finishing result, a low for the season.
|Grinding into the finishing sprint, a close contest to the line|
The Criterium was set on a straightforward track with 4 corners and a long straight away just at the base of East Rock. Going into the race I did not feel on my game. My quad felt pinched and the bone spur on my right foot was already throbbing. With the persuasion and support of my teammates, I decided to at least start the race and see how long I would be able to last. Pulling up to the line I figured I would hang off the back, which I ended up doing for the first few laps. I eventually made the choice to fly up the side after corner two along the straight away and try to make a break off the front.
My efforts failed and I ended up sitting on the front of the pack for 3 laps until the prime lap which sent me returning to the chase at the back of the pack. Throughout the rest of race I managed to play in different areas of the peleton. Going into the final three laps, I was hanging onto the back of the pack. Eventually I decided to make a move at the same place where I had tested the water with a pull earlier in the race. While I wasn't sure if it was the final lap, I asked a teammate how many were left to go.
|A close call at the line. Just shy of 3rd according to the results.|
|Shenanigans atop East Rock during the Mens A Circuit Race.|
Yes. That is a golf club. It's a shame the shorts can't be seen.
Picture a rainbow puking. That's what the shorts look like.
Arc hard, ride fast, go plaid!