Redlands P/1/2 Criterium
I absolutely hated not being able to contribute to helping the team in the real Redlands Classic after missing the time cut on the Beaumont Road Race. There are a lot of races you can get through without being 100%, but for me that wasn’t one of them. Redlands concluded with that brutal stage on the Sunset Loop, and for the first few laps I was able to help pass bottles in the feed zone before heading down to the Criterium. I would much rather have been racing with them, but as fast as they were going, I would have been off the back on the first lap. My race was on the same course that the guys did the day before, with just a couple of…let’s call them minor differences. It was a 75 minute race instead of 90 and it was a field of 60 mostly Cat 1’s and 2’s instead of 180, including top level U.S. Pros. I went in knowing that I only had a few, if any matches to burn, so I took the conservative approach. Unfortunately this tactic doesn’t work out very well when there are a lot of guys determined to cause a break. I went for a few different moves that didn’t stick and then missed the one that finally did. I felt alright in the pack, but I had no top end to speak of. I forced myself to get good position setting up for the sprint, and was able to take 2nd from the main pack and 8th overall. One of the pros from the Quebec-Garneau team ended up winning from the break of six up the road. After a tough week, it was a nice way to get back on the bike, so to speak. I learned a lot from my experience at Redlands and it was awesome watching the team fight all the way to the end. It took a while for me, but since Redlands, I’m finally healthy and have been feeling stronger and stronger every week and am now looking forward to a great summer of racing. Thanks for reading!