After a long stretch with good form in the Cal Cup Series, my legs finally reached their breaking point. I just didn’t have it anymore. Knowing this, I had some concerns about my chances at the Folsom Cyclebration Omnium. I had the lead in the overall points series and needed to defend against Rand Miller (Webcor).
South Canal Time Trial
This time trial is perfect for me. Short, flat, non-technical, fast with a few steep rollers along the way. Long story short, I paced myself for “august wattage” on the way out and frickin died on the way home. I was able to hang on for the win and the overall lead in the omnium.
I don’t know why they call this “Challenge Criterium”; it’s a flat, D shaped course with nothing technical about it and always ends with a field sprint. Nick Schaffner showed up for some team support and was willing to work and cover whatever moves I was not in. The race was hard from the start with attacks all the time, I sprinted for a few points primes and just missed out. Late in the race, I made my way into a large break that stuck. It was about 15 deep. I had the lead in the overall omnium and just needed to follow Rand Miller and Torey Phillip (Specialized)… Nope, too easy, instead I find myself close to the front on the last lap and attack before we hit the first corner. Stupid move… I look back and who is on my wheel, everyone!!! Everyone countered my move and smoked me in the sprint. There goes my lead.
Willow Creek Circuit Race
At this point I was in third in the omnium and instead of realizing my legs were not going to come around, I wanted to have fun and race aggressively. Frank Spiteri showed up for his second race of the day and team support. On the first lap there was an attack. I let them go and so did the rest of the field. For the rest of the race it was pretty mild. I tried many times to attack, but was covered every time. I just wanted anyone to counter my move and make the race harder…This is usually how I get up the road. I noticed a weird feeling coming from my rear wheel, but told myself it was just in my head. I seemed to have trouble getting around the roundabout every lap. Every time no matter what approach I took, I got gapped. I was starting to hear it from others about my inability to take the corner, but I would always sprint to get back on. My bike handling skills aren’t great, but this was getting ridiculous. The field never caught the break. On the last lap Frank gave it everything he had and towed me up near the front. The field was gearing up for the sprint, with sketchy riding everywhere. I took the last corner and felt myself slowing down while others blew past me for the finish. I ended up mid pack and slipped to 5th overall. Frank and I rolled back to the car. As I picked up my bike to put it in the car, my rear wheel fell out of my dropouts…My cheap ass “lightweight skewer” had come loose. Apparently my wheel was rubbing my brake everytime I took a corner. These things happen, and I guess I should be happy I didn’t die.