Saturday, September 15, 2012

CBR Crit #9 Finale

Last Crit of the season, and my 10th USCF race, so I would be getting my upgrade to CAT 4 soon. The final race was on the Dominguez Hills course, which is less favorable to me, but today my goal was to finish without any crashes.
We lined up a couple of minutes before 7 am and after some words from the USCF Official and Chris Lotts the race director, we were off. One racer showed up on a Cannondale CAAD 9 wearing cargo pants and a T Shirt. He was leading the pack on the first lap and then after that he was dropped, we lapped him later, but kudos for getting out there and giving racing a shot! We hope to see him out again.
A lot of fast guys showed up for this series finale, and hence the race was quite fast the entire time. I stayed top 10 wheels for most of the race, except for a couple of times when we went downhill after turn 1 and we got swarmed, but then I would move back up. A couple of guys kept leading out off the front, but none of them stayed away long. Even though they were wearing different Jerseys, it seemed they may have been working together with other riders.
I had thought about attempting a solo breakaway on the last or second from last lap, but after seeing the strength of the field reel back in the previous breakaways, I decided it wasn't going to happen. On the bell lap, as we rounded turn 3 a rider who had been in the back the whole time came around to the front with a strong pull and I got on his wheel, being number 2 around turn 4. As soon as we finished our turn into the finish, the sprint started. I started my sprint, but like usual, as I'm not a strong sprinter, I was passed and finished 11th.
I was thankful for a safe race and completing my 10th race. I've put in my upgrade request and I'm waiting to hear back. It's an exciting goal I've accomplished on my way to bigger goals. I'm looking forward to working hard in winter 2012 and coming into 2013 season ready to rock! 

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