GC proved to be a friend of the court
Sorry, what? I was napping the last couple of days. Did I do something wrong?
Augusta fairgrounds crit 1/2/3. 2nd of 25.
Four-man break almost lapped the field. I love bike racing!
This is Finkraft's home field, they had 4-5 guys there. They always execute well as a team and they did it by the book: attack, counter, counter, counter. On about the 4th counter their super slippery TT guy went. I thought, that's the one, and went with. There were 4-5 of us in the break, but a sloppy group. We stayed away for a couple of laps, then got caught by another 4-5 guys.
I said to Slippery, "let's go again!" I have always wanted to say that. We went again, this time 4 guys in the break: Slippery, Big Sprinty, Junior, and me. This was 20 minutes into the race. Everybody worked, there was support behind us, time dilated, and 40 minutes later, we could see the back of the field ahead of us. It's a long course, so we had more than 2 minutes on the field.
With about 5 to go, Sprinty and Junior started taking shorter and shorter pulls. Junior was dying, and Sprinty looked like he was dying, but I didn't trust him.
The bell lap was a 4-way match sprint, everybody softpedaling and looking at everyone else like the last scene of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. I figured I could beat Slippery and Junior in a sprint, but I didn't know what to do about Sprinty. If I went early, Slippery would catch me; if I waited for Sprinty to go, he'd win. Sprinty surprised me by going early, at about 300m. We caught up with him at about 200m and he looked like he was blown, but he was playing possum and kicked again from 100m for the win. Kudos to him for gamesmanship.
I think this was the most fun I've ever had in a bike race. Even though I got 2nd, it's so much better to be outsmarted than to be outmuscled.
I had a few goals coming into this year. One was to get half the points for my 2. I'm now more than halfway there after 4 weekends of racing. I also had a couple of silly/unrealistic goals, like beating a certain sprinter at his home race and beating Slippery at Augusta. Did both. I think maybe I should call it good and take the rest of the year off