Its funny how that kind of mental picture stays with you. Thats the hate part of reston. I am terrified of the course. If one person does something stupid into that corner, its bad news for the 35 guys behind him. Keeping this in mind, I went right from the gun. I took a guy with me for about 2 laps then he drifted back. The gentleman below (excuse me for not knowing all the MD guys) bridged across and we put in a good effort. However, guys like Bryan Vaughan weren't having any breakaways stick. Thats a good and bad thing. I would much rather have been in a group of 5 guys up the road. But if I was gassed, it was nice to know others were motivated to reel everything in. I like Bryan because I think he's bigger than me. He's definitely taller and races somewhat like I do. But most of the time when I am out of town, I am a lone teammate and that gives me freedom to do what I want. I like that when I am strong. I guess my legs are good lately.
First attempt to get away.
The 3 race had some decent premes. I wasnt hunting for any. Specifically, I was interested in countering hoping to draw out some of the stronger guys willing to work. I went after the 1st preme and spent another 3 laps by myself.
After getting caught, I rested in the back enjoying the draft. Of course, some more premes made me think that if it were going to be a field sprint, I had to come away with something. I got second in a preme that paid two deep and easily took the 3rd preme by myself.
The race starts to get interesting here. Those who have raced Reston see this kind of thing all the time. A guy takes a flyer with 3 laps to go. He got 100yds and looked pretty good by himself. But he ends up gassed and just couldn't hold it. I was 6th wheel going into the bell lap. BIke Doctor looked good leading the train but wasnt interested in pulling down the back stretch. At this point, I was thinking two things. First, I didnt want to crash and I was terrified of the back downhill sweeping left hand turn. Second, if I went this early, I would likely be caught. However, because most people think I am crazy for being off the front so much and being pulled back, they might just give me some room. So I went to the front and put in some hard pedal strokes into the couple turns before hell corner. I took a peek over my shoulder and it was working. THe field was single file stretched out. At this point, I was happy to let my 199lbs of momentum carry me up the backside stretch after hell corner. Smaller guys do not enjoy this advantage. I rode high tempo for another 200 yds and 2 turns. I was 1st coming out of the last turn and just put my head down. I was only able to manage 34mph up the hill to the finish but it was enough to hold everyone off. My 1st field sprint win this year! It was great.
Wick trying to decide if the plastic he sees is hot or not. This guy is going to be fast next year! I said it first. Watch out for wick-nasty! All he needs is a little motivation and one good result and he'll be on fire. I have inside knowledge that a blog is coming soon. Stay tuned! Thanks for all the great travels and riding pal!
The best water-bottle hander-outter ever! Thanks for all the support annie!
Kyle Jones gets the t-shirt of the summer award! Click any pic to make it bigger (and read kyle's shirt).
Last but not least, Happy 29th B-day to Cindy Winder. Cin-balls is responsible for all photos seen in this post. Thanks for the ice cold after-race refreshment!
AND, watch out Fitchburg. T-kranes is headin up. Elliot, Lucas, and myself are driving north. I cant help myself. I dont want to leave this fitness without really testing myself against some great riders.