Monday, June 08, 2009

Arizona State Road Race Recap

Even when you don't have the legs to compete for the win, the beauty of the state road race course on HWY 188 in Globe, AZ makes the ride worthwhile. It is not often that riders race 87 miles with such scenery around them. The course leaves Globe and follows an out-and-back course, heading North for 43.5 miles, much of that spent with Roosevelt Lake bordering the course. Great pavement, perfect temps, and minimal traffic (but you have to be out early, lots of boats late morning/early afternoon) make this a great ride whether you are pinning on a number or not.

As for the race, there were several animators throughout the day: Jake Rubelt, Brian Lemke, and one other rider who made the early move about five miles in and didn't come back to the field until halfway up the final climb. Definitely a suicide move, but you have to give them credit for trying. The Waste Management Team for driving the pace on the front once we hit the valley. These guys were on the front of the race for probably 2/3's of it, trying to keep the break in check for their climber, Stevie Cullinan. And finally, to Eric Salstrand, for pulling out the win for the Bicycle Haus Team out of Scottsdale, AZ.

As for my day, I was happy to make it to the valley with the group. Didn't do a thing until after the turnaround, when I tried to jump into the mix during a flurry of attacks that went down over about a five mile stretch. Nothing stuck until Nick Schrieber and Tim Carolan managed to bridge to the break over a small roller about 15 miles from the base of the main climb. I waited a little to long before trying to bridge myself, and ended up in no mans land with Sean Mazich of Waste Management. The two of us were able to open up a pretty large gap to the field, which gave us a little bit of a buffer once the climbing started. Didn't matter all that much in the end, as the front of the field swallowed us up about two miles into the climb. After that I just tried to limit my losses and made it over the climb with a rider from the Bicycle Haus team. We picked up Kyle Colavito on the way in to the finish and came in together. All things considered, I thought it was a pretty fun day. Adios.

1 comment:

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