Can't Catch A Break

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Willy. Wheels. They are on it.

After the debacle yesterday called me trying to climb a hill, it was nice to be back on (relatively) flat land. Today was the Wheels on Willy criterium. I did the category 3 race. I think there were about 60 in the field. I rolled up in the back of the field.

The race got under way. I started moving up the pack. I wasn't feeling that great, but I didn't have any trouble moving up, especially when the pack got narrow out of corners. Brian Rach (I think) took an early solo flyer off the front for 5 laps or so. I think he took a couple of primes in the process. There were quite a few primes. There was a two place prime called that I was in excellent position for, but during the course of a single lap, I forgot about the prime, so I sat up. I believe I heard the announcer mention my awesome tactics.

Next time I was in a position to contest a prime, I made sure to remember. I took it by the throw. Thanks for the photo to JohnWilkes.

So, some more people tried to get away. No one could do it. Which is exactly how I like it. Breaks are cool and everything, but I just love sprints. Which is pretty much the opposite sentiment from anyone I've ever talked to who has an opinion on the subject.

Final lap: Everyone's together. I had good position until turn 1. I got squeezed out of position and lost position by turn 2. The next straight was fast, and I was able to move up the side to 10th or so. After turn 3, there was a mysterious slow-down and bunch-up. I was in the second row of a relatively slow four wide pack. By turn four, people started moving. I started in too high a gear, but I got on top of it. In the final straight, I think I took two or three places, to finish 7th. Money was 8 deep. Booya.

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6 Comments:

  • SWEET!
    Nice report.

    And what a great picture to have of your awesome self.

    Job well done sir.

    By Blogger Hip, at May 19, 2008 7:48 AM  

  • i like the pic. you look like you know what you are doing. congrats. later.

    By Blogger aham23, at May 19, 2008 9:33 PM  

  • Photos can be deceiving I guess.

    If I'd been on the drops, it would have been totally textbook though.

    I've never practiced throws. I guess it was just kind of my natural reaction to seeing the line I guess.

    By Blogger recursive, at May 19, 2008 9:46 PM  

  • Sorry, the nickname, "The Natural" is already taken.

    Anyway, I already call you simply,
    "Sir Awesomeness"

    By Blogger Hip, at May 20, 2008 7:13 AM  

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    By Blogger Hip, at May 20, 2008 7:13 AM  

  • recursive,

    I am encouraged by your continued bringing of your unique brand of the Awesome. Your abilities to ignore the pain brought on by recent injuries to your wrist is most admirable.

    I sense you will be winning these races in not too short a period of time. Then will celebrations of awesome proportions commence.

    Chapeau and Salud!

    By Anonymous Speedy McAwesome, at May 22, 2008 10:49 AM  

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