|CAT4/5 Race waiting in the shade of the Pit Tower.|
More on that later.
Attacks were brought back. Tactics failed. Riders dropped out on every lap. Life became a vacuum. I just kept pedaling and sweating. I started using the wide track on the decents to advance back up to the front in efforts to set an easy pace. On one lap I found myself off the front with Sean. We pushed a little and didn't get a bigger gap on the peloton. Sean looked at me and said, "they're letting us dangle out here". So we settled into a comfortable pace and let ourselves get brought back. It was way to hot to dangle.
|Trace Nabors on the front.|
It took a second to recognize that the leader of the chase was none other than our friend Trace Nabors. As soon as I recognized it I called his name. Then I called it a little louder. Then both Sean and I found ourselves yelling at him but the wind on the back side kept him from hearing us.
So he chased down Robert and the breakaway. But that whole thing was enough to cause the racers to sit in and wait for the sprint. I only hoped Robert had enough left to sprint with.
|CAT4 Podium, Road Atlanta, Race#1|
I watched it happen with satisfaction. Then I realized how finished I really was. We started with 75 racers and finished with about 40. I made my way back to my loving family. Lisa was ready to douse me with freezing cold water and made my recovery drink. I sat down in a chair and thought I was feeling better. When I got up I fell back down on the nicest old man sitting next to me. He just laughed. He couldn't understand why any of us were out there in that heat. I couldn't argue with his logic.
That was the only race in the series I had time to do. Thank goodness. But Sean and Robert were committed to the whole thing. I've been waiting impatiently for a story from them about what they experienced. Here's the story from Sean of his victory in the Oxford Road Race.
This is my kind of course!
|CAT4-5 Oxford Road Race Podium|
|2012 Georgia Cycling Gran Prix Overall Podium|