I had a a great ride today. As much as I wish I could have taken the top spot and the extra cash that would have cleared my debt before next racing season, but starting the race sick and then taking second place and the prize money in a three up sprint felt pretty dang good too. Kyle’s solo victory after riding all day in the early break is an unbelievable ride and very well earned. And @eurotune proved to be super crafty in the final three man break but I just nailed my tactics for the final sprint to oust him from second place.
This is my road season wrap, and I want to properly thank everyone for all the support this year, but I’ll include that with a race play by play later this week.
Secret projects with @evpetkau coming soon.
Coming out of a fairly successful road season you think you’re going to be okay on the track. Probably missing out on sprints against monsters like friend @jacobschwingboth but being able to hang in there. Hopefully post some good baselines in the timed events and keep working on it before nationals on October.
But then the reality of the track sets in. The high end you might be missing is super apparent. Even if its just a little you’re missing its super obvious when its not there. The complete lack of practice in timed events shows you have a lot to work on.
But that’s okay. That’s why you here. Finding your weaknesses just tells you where you to improve.
So today I won the Cypress Challenge. I felt good on the bike today and feel that I played my cards (though aggressively) well.
But let’s be real here. This was a fundraiser for pancreatic Cancer research and in the span of five minutes I watched the MC of the award ceremony goad an extra $28,000 out of six generous participants waiting in the mountain rain to hear that with their help the total was over $410,000 going to help research.
So while I feel good that I had a good race, and set a personal (and I think also the KOM) best up Cypress, I feel better knowing that I took part today.