was pretty excited about this race, it was going to be very
hilly and fast. I was just hoping to stay with the main group
and finish midpack. That did not happen. We started opposite
direction on the track, road out of the track near turn 1 and
out onto the road. A 3 mile descent happens then you come to
the "Wall", which is kind of steep, but not very long.
About 3/4 of the way up the Wall I got dropped. I rode with
a guy named Sterling for the next 3 (of 5) laps until he could
not continue at the pace I wanted. I finished and was happy
to have it done with. Super tough race, not sure if I will do
it next year. To recap, I started, got dropped on the first
climb 5 miles into the 50 mile race and road by myself to the
finish. Guess what, I finished in the top 1/3, because I actually
continued to race and did not DNF. Hot damn!