(I survived 4 laps then was reeled back in, because the guy behind me on the fake pina didn't know what it meant to pull, nor did he understand that attacking me for a prime isn't exactly a winning technique...fool).
He probably didn't think you guys had a chance. In that case, it's good race tactics on his part. Grab a prime and still be good for a field finish. You should have sat up ASAP once you found yourself out there with dead weight.
I spoke to him afterwards - he told me that it was a "training" race for him, and he didn't want to mess up his training schedule. The eff? My teammates were yelling at me to attack him after I came around the second time, but I didn't understand what they were saying. It was my first time in a semi-successful break, and it was all very exciting - it kind of just developed that they let me ride away. I don't remember attacking, I kind of just slingshot through the front after they reeled back a different attack. I see him out training on the road and I attack him all day long now. I only feel a little bad because he's older.
We didn't know there was a prime until the lap beforehand - we were away for 3 laps at that time. The eventual third place series winner thought we looked pretty good and he bridged up to us...just as I sat up and decided I had it way past my limit with this chooch sucking my wheel. He (Bryan, third place in the series) was pretty sad about that lol.[/quote]
Judging by the quote "...my first 3/4 race" and the fact that that break was in a cat 4 race why did you think it'd work? Very few 4's know how to ride well in a break, and, if they do, they usually upgrade fast. Even in the 3's I don't know how many breaks I was in where people pull too hard, don't know when to meter their efforts, sit in, and/or just get in the break to say they were, to get in pictures in it, or because they're overeager and don't understand that they're not strong enough to fend off a field.
There is no such thing as a semi-successful break. Either it wins, it sets up a teammate for a win, or in a stage race it makes the leader's team/leader do a lot of work.
As for the training race thing that can make sense. A lot of guys, myself included, get in pointless breaks at the local training race that ends pretty much in the same finish almost every single time. Knowing that it was a cat 4 race, however, its kinda laughable.
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