This past weekend was quite the race packed weekend. Racing took place in downtown Indianapolis at Marian University. Since it was easter weekend though, there was only day of racing on Saturday.
The skies opened up up for Marian’s race giving another wet weekend of college racing, which seems to be the prevailing theme for the spring races. Cutting to the chase, I won the collegiate race, netting some face time in VeloNews. It ended up being Dave Williams and I in a breakaway that never got more than 15 seconds on a field that grew smaller and smaller with every lap. Eventually it was just Greg chasing…still at 15 seconds back.
Got some good pic’s from the win thanks to Stephen Sehr.
There was also a 1/2/3 race that had a surprisingly large turnout of 60 some riders after the collegiate. Fortunately the skies cleared after the collegiate race and we went from racing in 50 degree rain to 70 degree sun.
Immediately the difference between collegiate racing and real racing is apparent. The 1/2/3 field was not much faster, but the maneuvering that went on within the pack was much much more aggressive. Ryan Knapp got into a breakaway with a few other teams, and the group was pretty well represented.
Then another group of a few riders got off the front that had Kenda and Texas Roadhouse, I bridged up so that our odds wouldn’t be so terrible. Once in the second group I realized I was in for a world of hurt, the group broke up a few times shedding the weaker riders and eventually ended up with Jake Rytlewski of Kenda pulling me around for most of a lap while I deprived my brain of oxygen.
I found this video on VeloNews, skip the creepy webcam interview with Neil Rodgers to 5:00 where they interview a few pro’s about how they describe suffering on the bike.
I’m going to go with rooting the pig from behind as my suffering of choice for the Marian race (not sure what rooting actually means but pretty sure the term implies have intercourse with a pig…from be behind). Anyway we finally managed to catch the break, they had sat up as to not lap the field.
Once all together it was two Kenda, two Panther, and a bunch of other teams. When Greg Strock from Texas attacked way out on the last lap I went to follow, then out of the corner of my eye saw the red kit of Kenda standing up to start following Strock’s wheel. I think we both sort of saw each other and thought the same thing at the same time, “Hey…you chase him down, I’m tired,” (at least I had a good excuse since I already won a race that day). So Kenda and Panther both sat up and let Strock get the W, with Ryan and I rolling in 5th and 6th. Hindsight is always 20/20, but it’s good that we’re getting these kinks in the team tactics worked out at small races like Marian before we head off to do some serious racing.
This weekend is Hillsboro Roubaix down in southern Illinois.