Pinned the number, lined up, with the prime objective being finishing out the 90 minutes. We roll, same as always. The first couple laps were nervous because of the aforementioned tire issues, but they were fine. Been through that turn 2 at the Dominguez Hills course a billion times before, and it felt great to lean into it a couple more times. Also, after a couple laps, I was surprised that I felt fine. No lactic acids, no pain caves, nothing. Right on. Rather than maintain, I sought out the pains and acids, and put out an attack on the hill between 2 and 3. Really more of a joke than an attack, but I got a gap, and to my surprise/dismay, my old Claw teammate Mike T. bridged up. Cool. Couple other guys bridged up, and we spun around for a few laps, and I picked up the first prime of the season -"free race entry". A couple laps later we were brought back. More circles ensued, and I really felt fine. I hadn't even given it full gas in the breaks. Then they announced the BIG money prime of the day. I attacked in the same place, this time taking my more-recent former teammate, Weylon with me along with a La Grange guy that isn't a sprinter. Waylon was on -- and we had a gap. 3 or 4 times I yelled, "hey hey, we split? we split?" but never really got confirmation. I gave him a perfect lead-out, and we got back to the bunch. Bam! $10 in the pocket, 'cause he did hear me apparently. More of this, no one really cared to get off the front completely, and there were no really massive team tactics going on. 5 to go, and a big break of 10 got off. Fine by me, 5 to go means I'm going to finish. 4-3-2… the jostling begins :). I attacked again, same place, right before the bell. The break was at 15 seconds. The attack was more to try to steal the meaningless field sprint for 11th, than it was to catch the break. Ding-ding-ding, bell sounds, I have a gap, and one guy came with me. We were well clear through turns 1 and 2. Then the guy pulled through and we lost 5mph.... gah... I pulled through as soon as I realized it, and the guy exploded on my wheel. I still had a gap through the last corner, and the break was RIGHT there, but I realized I'd be caught at 200m to go. So I just pulled it way inside and got out of the way.
Happy November Gang!
MMMM I can taste the pumpkin in the air! This week we discuss bike swaps, SoCal group ride "cliques" and more. We also have a heavily panting Shih Tzu in the house!
Hola friends! Yes, we’ve been gone for quite some time…but it was all for the good of mankind. Aram and Courtney got married!
Hi All! Have no fear, we’re back and full of Tour de France commentating! We’re at the half way mark and have just ended stage 11
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