I just followed Dan Holloway’s attack.
He's the 2010 crit national champion. He attacked at Gateway cup last night. I chased down his wheel. After I caught him (like 5 sec later), we were still doing 32+mph on a slight uphill for about 30 seconds.
Yeah, I didn't last very long with that breakaway.
He managed to stay away for a little bit, though. He got reeled in with 5 laps to go, but still won the sprint. Needless to say, I went to bed with some terrible leg cramps.
The course was 4 corners with wide lanes, but the high straightaway speeds made it difficult to move up unless there were periods of slowing down. I chased down a break, and even spent 1/2 lap in a break (see above). In all, we averaged 28.5mph for 85min of racing. Being so active at the front of the field took a lot out of me, and I was completely flat in the last 15 minutes. I forgot that I’m not as fast as I used to be.
With that in mind, I really love racing. I’m glad I’m “back.” This whole full-time job thing sure puts a damper into training. They should just throw me in with the masters, already. Sheesh.