Sunday, October 14, 2007

State Road Race Recap

One can sum up the state road race yesterday by looking at the start list. Out of about twenty or so starters, eleven where from the Rideclean team, three Eclipse, and everyone else was an individual. I think the only thing that made the race even remotely interesting was that Michael Grabinger signed up, as he is stronger then the entire Rideclean team, so that put a twist into an otherwise negative race. We went up with myself, the Hoppert, and Glick, while the only other rider of note in the field was World Deaf Cycling Champion, Nick Schrieber.

The race itself was a brutal affair, with attacks flying off the front almost immediately, forcing everyone to have to constantly chase the Rideclean riders who were taking turns putting a pretty good hurt on the rest of the field. I will admit that they rode pretty much perfect team tactics, but it was frustrating being on the receiving end of them, and I voiced my displeasure a couple times during the race. The race played out on the 3rd of 5 laps, as the main break finally went up the road with Schrieber, Grabinger, Forbes (Rideclean), and I think one other. I countered a few miles later and brought out Jake Rubelt and Mark Aasmundstad (both RC), but couldn't hold the pace on the finish climb and popped off. That was pretty much it, as the race was happening up the road at this point and we weren't in it. Rode in with a group of six that I think were the only other guys left in the race, and finished second out of that group for I think about 8th place on the day.

That's it for the road season here in Arizona. It has been a long year at this point, with the season being extended by three weeks with the postponement of the state race from it's original September date. I'm looking forward to picking up a cross bike and hitting a few cross races coming up, maybe doing some running here and there, and basically relaxing a bit while still maintaining some fitness. Adios.

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