blue squirrel

after a self-imposed 20 year absence from cycling, the sport i love, i am back and dedicated to holding my own in the superfast 40+ catagory. this blog will tell the journey, the highs and the lows, the team [team becher+] and it's cast of characters, our sponsors, supporters, and other local riders that make it happen... [anonymous comments are lame, cowboy up and put a name or start a blog]

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

now on to the CRIT

[stage 3 criterium of the san diego omnium]

well sunday finally came, as did the dreaded criterium. i'll be honest, i have never been a big fan of criteriums, they are usually geared towards those guys with big guns and love to sprint at +45mph. i always levitated towards road races and climbing, but you got to do what you got to do. so off we went to the criterium in mira mesa with images of getting blown out the back of the pack floating through my mind.

[lined up and not looking forward to humiliation to come]

boy was i surprised to find myself at the front of the bunch after lap one, this might be fun today. low and behold my condition had gotten better over the course of the omnium and i found myself once again helping to set the tempo of the race. in fact i would say i was setting tempo for 2/3 of the race. i countered numerous attacks and went out on a few flyers of my own.

[hey this isn't so bad, setting tempo early on]

[hey, where are you going]

[leading the way with 3 laps to go]

as we got to the last 5 laps, i was sitting pretty good up front and felt confident, but it was not to be, as i moved up on the final turn, i got boxed at the last corner and by the time i opened up my sprint [ok ok, so it is funny for me to say sprint, whatever, i tried] i was looking at the main field to the outside in front of me and i was only able to catch about 5 guys. but let me tell you, that was 40 minutes of pure speed fun, the crit demons have been exercised and i look forward to the next rumble...


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