cliffs notes race report:
hilly (rolling) terrain course, 50 miles 5000ft elevation gain. 4x15mile laps
course shown here
start of the 3rd of 4th lap , me and a few others bridge up to a group of 3 who had been out , nearly from the beginning. We swell to about 12 people, from 12 different teams. As we approached the last lap, we had dislodged about 5 of the breakaway members, 2 of whom were from big(ger) teams represented, so that gave us a good one lap 'blocking' cushion. Start of the last lap which is ~30minutes each, we had roughly a 1 minute gap to the main pack. At the point of looking back....we had just crested the finishing hill...and the pack was just entering the bottom. Scary stuff.
the loook..... (or we saw a pretty girl. i dunno)
tried to keep everyone motivated to work. Some were cooked, i was getting cooked, 1 dude was sandbagging like crazy .... he was out in the break all day, but he eventually tried to lead out the sprint. (guy eventually got 3rd behind me)
about 5km to go, i was pretty screwed. My quads, hamstrings, and calves were about to freeze at any moment. I missed a few turns trying to drink water and grab a magical gel, but it was probably too late. Upon the last kick up with about 1km to go, legs were burning, and my mind was just betting on what would give out first.... lungs or legs. My sprint up hill felt so slow, like an eternity, and i passed the guy who had led out the sprint to make it 2nd on the day. The guy who is shown winning was very strong (one of the original break members) and i was about that distance behind him from 300m to the finish. It was radical to bridge up to the break , i had been 0-2 in bridging this season, and then having the break stick to the end. I pretended like i was in a real deal bike race with tactics hah =). Stoked for the podium because of the suffering that occurred to get there. Immediately after crossing the line, my legs locked up and it was the most painful cool down
jelly and nutella sandwhich with ice cold coke was SO CLUTCH post race doe.