11.15.2009

Bubba 7 at St. Vincent

(Thanks to Mike for snapping some photos)

After some solid B race finishes this season, 4-6-3-4, I decided to sack up this weekend and do the big show. Uncertain about my relative riding level, I lined up on the back row of the 25 rider field. *An aside; I am most appreciative that we have USACycling reps willing to brave the elements weekend after weekend to officiate these races, but man they can be real turds sometimes* Off the line, the pack stayed bunched up for the majority of the opening straight. I unfortunately got sandwiched between a fella on a mountain bike (???!!!??) and some other chap slapping on my back tire. Jumping out of the sandwich, I was surprised how slow the midpack A race start was, but unfortunately was unable to make any passes. Hence, after a conservative opening lap, with the field stringing out through the technical sections and climbs, I was eventually able to pick up a couple of places.

By the end of the lap, I found SoIll ScottP and DBlack(I owe you massive amounts of beer holmes) who were hauling through the technical sections. I sat on with Drew for a couple of laps and from what I'm told, we closed a huge gap on the next group of riders. Noticing a few more Mesa dudes 30 seconds ahead, I came around DB hoping to tow him up with me. The next time I looked over my shoulder, the DB's had switched, and I now had a Pro-Ass Breslin flying to catch up. Having flatted, the dude was mega-motivated, closing Gaps like a recession. I sat on with Dave for a lap, taking cues from the master, before he pulled off at the Seagal refreshment station on the big ass climb. Well deserved hydration after running the entire course! The pulls with Drew and Dave put me in range of three more riders, although one turned out to be mountain bike bro. In the final two laps, I inched out Martin and Matt going through the two big climbs, ultimately rolling across the line for 11th.

Moment of Zen regarding the race:
-Wicked excited for a solid result in my first big league showdown
-Glad to perform well with my parents in the audience
-Course was phenomenal and well suited to me (probably a large factor of my result) Word to the set-up crew
-Hindsight feeling kind of dick about putting my teammates to the screws and not working with them more or offering more motivation
-Legs & Lungs feel kick-ass

6 comments:

TeamSeagal said...

Jesus man - where did you get these legs this season?! Weren't you and I duking it out in the Short Track in '08, now you're breakin' hearts and snapping wrists with the big dogs! You've left me in the corner, curled up in the fetal position...

-Casey F. Ryback

Scott said...

You make me feel fat. Nice job dude, you killed it.

Drew said...

+1 on the I feel fat part. Way to man the fuck up!! MTFU

Anonymous said...

cool!!!..................................................

勇氣 said...

Better late than never. .........................................

Anonymous said...

先告訴自己希望成為什麼樣的人,然後一步一步實踐必要的步驟。........................................