This race had it all: an insane .45 mile loop with 6 turns (including a 270 degree “P” turn); a strong local NorCal/Pro field, and lots of screaming people. Last year at this same race a local guy stayed away for the entire duration of the race, so I knew that it would start out fast and furious from the gun. Conrad had a decent start, mine was not so good… I spent about 99.8% of the race chasing off the back and covering the gaps of the guys that were dropping like flies. We started with approximately 70 guys, and finished with about 20-25. I was THE guy on the back for almost the whole race, but I managed to just hang on for a decent finish… somewhere top 20. If I had just a little bit more power, I would have been able to move right up to the front and contest the sprint, or even attack. I do feel like I am making some good progress though…. Thanks to LT (and Conrad) for cheering me on while I destroyed myself lap after lap. Good luck to all you suckers doing Copperopolis… especially Nick, who will be racing a brutal 100 miles, and there’s a good chance that someone like Zabriskie or Levi might show up.
Wow. I guess I can NOT coast into these races with bad preparation and expect to hang! I lasted an entire 19:48 of this hour long pain-fest. Slowing down to 5 mph around the P turn, then sprinting up to 30 mph for the straightaway got real hard, real fast. The P turn was nutso, there were 5 crashes in our race. Luckily Nate and I avoided them, and luckily there weren’t any serious injuries, like the race before us, where someone broke their hip. The other turns were super fun and fast with good pavement. I think about 20 people finished out of the 60-70 who started, and I wasn’t the first (nor obviously the last) to get pulled.