Stage 1 was a 60 mile road race in the city of Gallipolis Ohio. With a 10am start I had to leave the house at 6:30am.... I hate getting up that early! The stage was really rolling with about 3 decent climbs. We shot back into town and had a sharp left hand turn into town then about 4 blocks to the finish. I pre-road the finish to get a feel for it and I told myself to be patient as it was a long way out of the corner and into a headwind.
I was pretty active but mostly just followed wheels today and hung out. A 2 man break was gone most of the day but was caught with about 7 miles to go. All together for the finish and I was floating back and forth between GlobalBike and Jittery Joe's leadout train. Jittery made the corner 1st and I was 3rd wheel, a little closer to the front then I wanted. They hit out and I was patient like I told myself but a bit too patient as a GlobalBike guy hit us over the top. I tried to run him down but was a little late and ended up 2nd on the day. Little mental error but I'll take it considering the situation.
It was good to be back out racing.. feels like its been forever. A little rusty at the end but I will make sure that doesn't happen again. Tomorrow is a 70 mile hilly road race again which should be fun. Lots of up and down but a flat finish. So just need to survive over the hills again. I start in the green jersey tomorrow but actually am 2nd in the competition. This is the 5th year in a row I have worn the sprinters jersey at somepoint which is pretty cool.
Looking forward to the rest of the week as I think I should get better everyday.
Wanted to give a quick shoutout to my athletes that I coach. They had a great weeekend at the Ohio State Road Race Champs last weekend. A little bad luck for Billy and Ron but they were in the mix at the end, a great 1st State Champs ride for Daryl and Josh capped a great day with 2nd in the Elite race. Nice work boys! We launched our site as well, needs a little more work but its up! check it. www.nextlevelcycling.com
time to rest!
Back in green..