OK first Criterium or Crit of the year happened on March 25th 2012 out at Clinton Lake camp ground #1. I rolled in set up command center, ie bike stands for people to use, tent and chairs. Must be comfortable at the race venue. Registered for the Masters 35+ event and the CAT 4/5. I wanted to do three races that day, the 3/4 but decided earlier in the week to take a fellow race team member over to the Lawrence river trails for a bit of extra fun on the MTB.
|PTC in the Black Jersey|
The Masters 35+ race is a 40 minuet timed event on a 1.2 mile loop. We averaged 24.5 mph. I line up and hey I am on the front line! I start to look around the group and yes, I start to see all the guys that seem to school me in CX and last year's Road and Crits. Starting to think, I will be off the back soon! Oh well, I have been training with all of these men in mind. Whistle goes off and I can not get into my peddle so all those guys pass me at the start. I get rolling and move up to the position I want to ride, top 5-15. I was in the 10 area and was happy about this. The first race everyone even us experienced riders have some storage dust to blow off. The Masters race is a bit better because most of these guys are well GOOD. It was fun rubbing shoulders and chit chatting about it with fellow riders I have not seen since late summer 2011. I raced up in the top part of the peloton. I felt really good about my fitness which solidified that my training plan was spot on.The results show I finished 24th avoiding a crash in the last curve into the finish separated many of us.
|Roger Williams[red] |
Michael Ruder PTC [KCBC]
So to sum up the days racing: I performed where I had hoped I'd be.
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Finished the day with an hour and twenty minuets on the Lawrence River trails with Dan. We had a hoot!
See you in the Peloton soon!