Before I get to any overly detailed race review of the Tour of Lawrence. Just a word about the whiny riders of Le Tour.
This year’s tour is the 100th anniversary of the addition of the Pyrenees. Not unlike that tour 100 years ago the organizers added whole new type of racing to the tour: the high and largely undeveloped mountains of the Pyrenees. The riders bitched and moaned about how tour organizers were trying to ‘kill’ them…please. Now the Pyrenees are are an integral part of the tour that add excitement and have the most insane fans, thank you crazy basque people.This year, now that all those Spanish mountain roads are paved and wimpy, tour organizers decided to throw in some “classics” stage. In particular stage 2 and stage 3. Stage 2 is similar to those hilly northern classics like L-B-L, and stage 3 went over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. Anyway after a few crashes in stage 2 the riders decided they didn’t want to risk their lives in finish and decided to neutralize the sprint, weak sauce, clearly Fabian’s never been to SuperWeek.
On that note, the whole reason for everyone crashing in stage 2 was that a moto went down and leaked a bunch of oil on a downhill. This is funny because, not a few months ago all the riders were up in arms about the UCI starting to ban race radios. Their main complaint was that race radios are used to notify riders of potential road hazards like, oh I duno…I giant Mario Kart type oil slick in the middle of the road. Its so ironic I’m not even going to make fun of all these whiny pro’s.
Anyway on to some race results:
Tour of Lawrence, I was flying solo for this one. I was worried about this at first, but the P/1/2 fields were pretty small. Mostly it was just team Hotel San Jose, that Trek VW team and Mercy in attendance. The road race course wove around the campus of the University of Kansas. The course was sweet, two long climbs and a bunch of twisty decent dictated the four mile circuit. Unfortunately it was raining hard and the roads were very slick. There was a large pile up in the first half mile of the race on a straight downhill section. I managed to weave my way around everyone sprawled across the road and dudes putting out the tripod in the turns. I channeled my Purdue Regional crit cornering skills and attacked and put nearly a minute into the field. As the course dried up we were brought back by what was left of the field, about 12 guys. We dicked around for a little while until 4 to go. I attacked on one of the uphills by a group of drunk KU students that were cheering for me because I gave them a thumbs up while I was in the breakaway after they offered me a free beer.
I spent a lap alone until Adam Bergman bridged up and we were riding really hard but were caught with 1 to go by three riders. There were some little attacks but it came down to the final uphill sprint, I had nothing left in the tank and ended up 4th.
Sunday was a repeat of the 2008 Collegiate Nationals Criterium course. However there was more rain. Another wet day, and I knew Hotel San Jose would be riding for Josh Carter. So I sat in and spent most of the day in my Endurance zone. With a few laps to go I took off my glasses that were fogging up pretty bad. Then it started raining, so I pretty much couldn’t see at all. I got a little sketched out with the whole wet roads and not being able to see so got caught out a little far back in the sprint and ended up 12th.