Monday, May 12, 2008
Masters 45+ Adventures in Sterling
Doug should be writing this as he finished highest and was at the front more than me. But, as this blog is my doing, I figure I'll work at keeping it up to date. We were scheduled for 5 laps but they tacked an extra lap on at the start just to remind us how old we are. Kristen has a mean streak in her.
The promoter had us leaving 20 minutes after the 35's, which is about the time it takes to do a lap, so it was no surprise when the asst. ref. pulled us over after the first hill to let the 35's ride through. Mike Harris described the race as a crit on a road course. I think that is pretty accurate. It was fast, most laps were 24+ mph and there were not the usual moments when everyone sits up.
Doug got away with Eric Pierce and Dave Kellogg with 4 to go, but got caught. Pierce and Kellogg and a Battenkill United fellow went off again and Doug, unfortunately missed the second move. Doug, Brett, Brian, and I moved to the front and attempted to chase but got zero, nada, zilch help from anyone else. At two to go I moved back a tad to rest up for one to go. Brian killed himself chasing.
Doug was 18th, I was 21st. The rest of us down from there. Too bad, we had good presence but, frankly, it was a fast race. Good fun, though. I almost passed due to strained hamstrings and they kept me from hitting the final sprint as hard as I would have liked. But I'm glad I went. Life w/o bike racing is a bit dull.