Monday, July 25, 2011

District Points Race, 2011 45-49, Sunday, July 10th,

About 80 degrees with a light breeze. I was feeling like my form was good but new the others would be fast and better sprinters. With a 50X15 gear and every mass start legal piece of aero equipment I lined up for a 60 lap points race with sprints every 10 laps (5, 3, 2, 1 for 1st thought 4th place). Riders that lap the field get 20 points for lapping the field (plus get to split the points for the sprints while they are off the front). My race only had 5 preregistered, it turns out that 2 of the preregistered riders decided to skip the race and I was the only day of registration rider. Since there were so few preregistered, I did look up their results and saw that one of the riders in the 40-45 group, David Albrecht was a Cat 1 on the road who had recently won a road race ahead of a bunch of the super fast guys including Chris Stastny, Cal Giant, who won a stage at Mt. Hood about a week later. So I guessed, correctly, that he would be the one to watch. At the start of the race they didn’t have a role call for the riders in the different age divisions (the 30-34, 35-40, 40-44 and 45-49 age groups were combined) and we weren’t wearing numbers based on our age categories- so I really didn’t know who I was racing or how many.

Suffice it to say David Albrecht lapped the field and I was not able to stay with him. My end result 2nd.

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