This was my first time to the Sea Otter extravaganza and upon arriving my thought is “Holly &*%$.” My first race is the 47 mile Road Race starting at 3:40. It was a day of racing on rough pavement and my Mavic Wheel Set held up great. To bad the legs didn’t! I stayed with the pack but couldn’t contest the uphill finish sprint. I ended up 9th. That gives me about 200 miles for the year and 100 of em are racing. I’ll take it.
Next morning I’m starting the 50 minute Circuit Race at 9:09. Lets see I’m 51 and I get 15 hours to recover from a 2:26 RR…..no problem! Legs still don’t feel like racing but here I am on the Laguna Seca Raceway and
I can’t wait for the fun to begin! The pavem
ent is so smooth it should be illegal. You come over the top of the climb and you’re shifting from your easiest gear into your hardest gear as fast as you can. My Sram Red Group was superb! Next, you drop into the cork screw looking for as much speed as you can deliver. If you like bike racing put this Circuit Race on the “Bucket List” it’s a must. On the last lap I attacked about half way up the climb, hesitated for 2 guys before we dropped into the cork screw and on the bottom it’s just the 3 of us. About 500 meters out I attacked again and took the win! That was the most fun I’ve ever had on a bike…..regardless of the win. I’ll be racing at the Sea Otter Classic again next year.
y suggesting a start strategy … essentially he was going to go to the front and lay it down all the way to the exit off the raceway … all we had to do was stay on his wheel. If you have ever looked into Glenn’s eyes when he says he is going to “bury himself,” you will know you have glimpsed into the heart of a true cyclist … scary. Knowing the pain was going to happen from the gun made the suffering much more enjoyable and sure enough by the time we hit the dirt the field was decimated leaving the Cyclepath boyz all with really good positioning. It may be worth chipping in for a rabbit like this every year!
For this year’s Sea Otter Classic, my focus was to race the epic XC course on my singlespeed hardtail, finish without any major drama, and start building epic fitness for upcoming races. While I met my goals (all but winning Cat 2 SS and a sweet Cobalt wheelset!), I thoroughly enjoyed seeing old friends at the EXPO, supporting my teammates in their events (that means you too Liam!), and good ol’ team camaraderie back at the ZEN Homestead. I’ll never forget this year’s Team photo shoot, the Epic Team dinner, and of course the awesome Snover “news”. It’s amazing what happens when we all get together, thank you guys for making it happen!