Well, first race is over.
I have to say, I had a blast! I will definitely be doing Rouge Roubaix again in the future. They haven't posted full results yet, so I'm not sure exactly where I finished. My time was 5:37, which would have been top 20 (for Cat5 last year); not this year though
. But, it was on pace with what I was realistically hoping for, and if I'd done some more work positioning myself early on, I would have done much better...I think.
-mile 25, get stuck in the back behind a wreck less than 100 yards into the first gravel section
-ride alone through the first gravel section (which was really rough, they're logging off this road currently, and it's very uneven)
-get caught by a small group around mile 40, and catch on with them
-get passed by a 2-man group a few miles later and catch on with them
-mile 62, catch the main field
-mile 69, in the back again at the start of the second gravel section (really poor planning on my part, but I was still trying to recover from catching the main field) No real wrecks I saw in this section, but the field split again, and I never saw the front group again
-mile 74, came out of the 2nd gravel section pretty worn out, cramping a bit and alone again.
-I got caught pretty quickly by the group I'd left in the gravel (must have been 15 people), and some guy who had a car following him gave me a coke from his support bag (best damn coke ever, thank you!)
-mile 81, third gravel section started and had to dismount once due to another rider dismounting while basically stradling the road. This was the only hill I didn't climb on the bike.
-after jogging up that first (or maybe it was the second?) hill, I started recovering and rode off from the same group
-mile 85, gravel ends and (almost worse than gravel) crappy road starts for the next few miles
-mile 85-105, I passed quite a few people, and never got caught by the group behind me again, put at least 5-10 minutes between us at the finish line.
What can I say, the bike took it like a champ. I haven't done a full inspection and cleaning yet, but I will tonight. I didn't flat, I didn't wreck, the wheels I built for this race held up great; I really can't complain at all.
I'll post before and after bike pics a little later on this evening.
And, I'll update the changes I've made to the bike as well. Race weight was 14.2lb