I misjudged the end of the prologue and didn’t get quite the result I was looking for. All the more reason to stay motivated for tomorrow’s 160km stage.
Hoping the temperature stays below 30° but we’ll see.
Welcome to Bend Oregon, Cascades Cycling Classic: a prologue plus five stages.
Three road stages, a crit and a time trial plus the prologue. The weather is dry and rising above 30° at 10:00am in the morning. Long grinding grades and more pro teams that I can count in the 200+ peleton means things are going to be fast.
This is going to be fun.
Tour de White Rock. Photo by @eibhir
My experience at Superweek this year was so so different from last. Last year was racing to survive every single race, and I didn’t even manage that, DNF’in four of the races.
This year I finished every race I entered (skipping only the hillclimb) and was actually putting in attacks in every race save Gastown. I finished 11th in a UCI 1.2 race last Sunday and 12th in Tour de White Rock’s Road Race today. I learned a lot about trying to be patient and that I need to work on some snap.
All in all, as frustrated as I was with the midweek crits, I feel good about how I rode at Superweek this year. And am growing more confident that next year I’ll be able to effect the results even more.
'If you have to give 100% on the climb, don't panic' - @jeffwerner
Team meeting before TdWR Road Race.
That weekend in Victoria where I got the BC Crit Champ jersey I also took over the running in the Premier Series. So if you’re heading out to UBC look for me riding in this blue thing! Going to try and be at the front to defend it.
Last in the series will be the White Rock Crit on Saturday.
Sundays race from Canadian Cycling Magazine.
I had one main goal with my first UCI sanctioned road race: make the break. Secondary goals included trying to top ten and being active in the race.
I think I succeeded in my goals even if I placed 11th, because active is probably not the word with the right motivation to describe my race. I was attacking, chasing breaks, trying to bridge solo for a lap and a half, failing, and then attacking again and again. In a break with three pro teams each with a teammate or three I think I achieved a good result. Being in a poor position to respond to Optum’s one-two attacks after one of my own means I missed the late move on the last lap, and put me in the sprint for 10th. Which I might have had if I opened up my sprint earlier.
Lessons learned and onto UBC Grand Prix tonight!