I haven’t upgraded to Cat 3 yet, since I was planning to stay in Cat 4 for a few more races and help some teammates earn points. This didn’t work out so well this weekend since I was the only CWC Racer signed up for Cat 4, and Nick/Nate were there to race 3s – uuugh, oh well.
Patience is truly the most difficult virtue in road racing. When I’m feeling good, I have historically gone to the front to try to start a break. I have yet to stay away, and always blow up fantastically, finishing way back. Adam and I talked about this at Sea Otter recently, and he mentioned that he always races best when he’s not feeling well, since he stays at the back, and does NOTHING.
So, for this race, I FINALLY decided to execute the strategy Glenn and I have discussed SO many times. I sat at the back and did nothing for the entire race. In fact, I think I used only my little ring for the entire 2nd lap! At one point, I was so bored, I thought about going to the front and stringing it out, then thought better of it.
When it came down to the uphill sprint finish, I was nice and fresh and able to dig super deep. It was one of the hardest efforts (for less than 30 seconds) I’ve had on a bike, and I was able to hold off the only other two riders who were close to me. In fact, this strategy worked so well, I wonder why it’s taken me this long to execute it successfully. Apparently it’s not actually that easy…
1st, Cat 4: Conrad Snover
12th, Cat 3: Nate Freed
15th, Cat 3: Nick Schaffner