I think I've finally figured out the proper steps to totally ruin a bike race:
- Race in a category in which you do not belong
- Show up sick
- Get a good start position
- Ride your bike as hard as you can at the start
- Think it'd be a good idea to get in front of the people who can win the bike race
- Go to the front
- Go into the first corner way too fast and almost eat dirt
- Blow up spectacularly
For those of you who haven't seen it on the twitters:
But, when I got to the race, well, things changed. Because of UCI rules I wasn't staged in the back, like I should be, like I would be in a local race, instead, thanks to the random draw, I got third row, just behind the guys with UCI points.
So, basically, I went down to NBX, and all I really wanted to do was hang out with PVB in the back because, well crossresults.com said I would be close to him. On Friday, I was pretty excited about it:
When we got the whistle, I rode my bike pretty hard. I closed down a gap so that I wouldn't get gapped on the long straight-away up to the first turn.
(Starting in the middle, Photo by Peter Ozolins)
And then I saw some holes and I went past Al Donahue, and I found myself next to Adam Myerson and Derrick St. John. And then my brain went "I guess I better get to the front." So I got in front of Derrick and railed it. I was on the front of at UCI race, it was sweet.
Then I went into the first corner way to fast, almost came to a complete stop then tried to stay up there, only to blow up spectacularly and get spat out the back, seriously fast.
I was definitively last by the end of the opening loop. Then, I started coughing uncontrollably, stopped to get it out of the system and after 3-4 laps of a solo time trial off the back I dropped out.
Yeah, it was awesome.