30+ Cat 4/5
First race of the season, was working for a teammate and we got him 2nd place, so mission partially accomplished. Won a prime on the second lap with a well timed jump on the back stretch. The shadows were long in the morning and no one was coming up on me so I sat down and pedaled through the finish. I got caught almost a lap later, but I didn't have it in me to turn that into a break. At two laps to go I drilled it, 29mph lap and strung that ****er out like something fierce, knowing Robert was 3 or 4 bikes back and another teammate on my wheel. I pulled off and drifted into the pack on the last lap feeling like I'd done my job. Robert took 2nd in the sprint by a few inches. There was a nasty crash in the last corner of the last lap, a guy's tire blew up and a few guys went down... broken bikes sound awful.
Our 'coach' said I was plan A, which was a first for me. He told me to chase anyone who I thought might be able to start a break with me, so I kept an eye on three guys I knew could do it and went everytime they made a move, remaining on the defensive. There were a couple of guys I let go and they didn't last long, and I also kept nothing further back than 3rd wheel for the whole race. In everyone else's words, I raced it textbook perfectly... until the last lap. I had done such a great job of keeping myself proactive at reacting to surges and staying where I wanted to be, but the last lap the entire field it seemed came out of nowhere, and I was kind of hurting from all the chasing in the race, so by the time I reacted it was too late, and the 34mph pace was a little much for me at the time, and I just coasted on in.
No results for me personally, but I'm really happy with the way I raced and how I felt on the bike. It's definitely encouraging for the season to come. I also only managed to get 2 hours of sleep last night and Friday I rode way too hard, so yeah, nothing but a positive learning experience and very encouraging.