On Saturday Keith and I headed out to Los Altos for the Foothill college circuit race. The course was a twisty rolling course around the college with one substantial climb. The field was 40 to 45 guys represented largely by Webcor and Fremont Bank. The race started out as usual with riders flying off the front doomed by strong headwinds that followed the climb.
Before the race Keith and I talked about strategies that we thought would suit our two man attack. We decided that we should wait for the race to unfold a bit before trying any thing. Keith was active earlier than I was following some moves up the road, only to be brought back by a motivated field. I went with a small group that stayed away for a lap or two but realized the group was not really working well together. When we were brought back the race sped up and attacks were neutralized for a bit. Keith continued to be present near the front.
Half way through the race I attacked on the down hill followed by Charlie from Trek live Strong. We caught the two riders up the road and dropped them after half a lap. We pushed it hard for three laps then Charlie said we should settle in, I was relieved by this concept. However this kid is a pro and his settling in meant that he was going to continue to crush it. After five or six laps alone with him I was struggling to hold his wheel up the climb. eventually I could no longer hold this rapid pace we were pushing and lost his wheel on the climb. Once absorbed by the field with I tried to recover in order to help Keith in the finish.
In the end I went to the front to bring back the group that was up the road. When we brought them back with two to go Keith was in top 10 position and managed 10th. All in all it was a really fun really really hard race, and I was happy with my first real race in about two months.