Wow did I get lazy this semester with these write ups. Maybe just more busy considering that I’m taking 17 credits and running our team. Either way, I’ve got some catching up to do so let’s do this.
NCSU: Why do we even bother to race in February? Sure, the RR got up into the high 40s but the crit on Sunday was in the single digits with wind chill. How does that even happen in the South? Results: long breakaway caught in the RR with no good placing to show for it and some crazy headwinds. Criterium was my first win of the season and ever so that was super awesome despite the bitter cold.
William and Mary: Snowed out. We actually considered driving to Gainesville to do UF’s race weekend but thought better (or worse?) of it and stayed in College Park on our trainers.
UNC/UNCW: Also snowed out. Went to church with Morgan instead in order to complete and assignment and was able to go home for my brother’s birthday. (AKA another weekend on the trainer)
William and Mary 2: Electric Boogaloo: Amazingly, they pulled off getting a race in less than 2 weeks (pretty nice job). Crit Saturday in which I tried to follow every move, ended up tiring my self out and came in 7th. Eric Chrabot, an MBA student on the team mentioned that he was doing research on SweetFROG when it was across the street. He and Ryan went to get free samples, walking past the girls selling girls scouts. RR Sunday meant a late return. Launched a big attack on the 1 climb in lap 3/4. Group shattered but came back together. Threw 1 more hard attack with ~1.5 miles to go, came into the final 200m solo but was caught, ended up around 10th.
Spring Break: Amazing team bonding experience in Asheville, NC. Got to climb Paris Mountain and Mount Mitchell. Merped a lot that week.
Duke: The RR ends on a climb that is much harder and longer than I remembered from last year. I put in a hard attack at the end into the climb, thinking that my power to weight was big enough to bring me to the end. It wasn’t and I got 15thish. Duke got a very cool new criterium course in a neat area of Durham with lots of restaurants surrounding a minor league baseball park. What they didn’t count on was one of the teams arriving in their team bus in the middle of our race and taking up half the road. I tried to lead Zach out into the finish but we were pushed wide into the final corner and finished DFL (we didn’t crash).
Navy: Holy crap was this one windy. Rolling course, super windy. Tried to get away with a combination of riders multiple times. Finally followed one of the Virginia Tech riders over a climb, not thinking much of it but we got 4 guys rotating and had a decent gap. 2 fell off but with Tech keeping the pace low, we grew the gap to 1:30 in the last lap when a rider from Duke completed the bridge. I attacked twice from farther out and took 3rd place. Crit was on a cool course but I flatted in front of my family and girlfriend (the only race they’ve seen me in so far).
WVU: Amazing road race with a steep, hard climb followed by 15 miles of rolling along a valley floor. We engaged in some leapfrogging with the A’s since they were going along at parade pace for a while. This got really annoying especially when I found out that my 6th place finish was relegated to 10th because of a yellow line rule violation that I was never warned about or told about at all during the race. Crit was not worth mentioning: OK course, mediocre result.
ASU write-up soon.