Took this past weekend off from racing collegiate down in Southern Illinois. Since I’m focusing more on summer racing I’m trying not to get totally burnt out on collegiate racing early in the year. Although college racing did happen down in Illinois, the Purdue team making a pretty strong showing with a bunch of top ten finishes.
Instead I was able to watch some racing for once. This past weekend provided some quality race watching action. With the most awkwardly named race on Saturday: E3-Prijs Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Meanwhile the Criterium International was also being aired, but that involves a bunch of Tour contenders getting dropped and saying ‘oh I really sucked this weekend but I think the form is coming along.’
Anyway, since the one day racing of the north is always more exciting, I stuck to the races that I couldn’t pronounce. The finish at E3 was especially exciting to watch because reigning world TT champion, Fabian Cancellara, executed a 1.5 km sprint. Not only that but when Fabian attacked, two of the best sprinters in the world Tom Boonen and Juan Antonio Flecha (ok maybe not so much Flecha) could not close down the gap.
Fabian further proved his manliness by wining this race since earlier in the day he crashed, but spent literally two seconds on the ground, not enough enough time for a quarter of the pack to pass him, before jumping up to sprint and do a cyclocross remount:
So I got my weekend fill of watching twisty windswept roads and Archtervolgers chasing down the G1 after getting their archterwheels changed. Making me recharged and ready to hit it this weekend at Marion.
Check out this cool article from velonews that get’s all sentimental about collegiate racing, I will miss it once May rolls around.