Rock Lititz was a great experience for the team - I think it showed us what our potential is as well as where our weaknesses are. This is a race I would have gotten pulled from last year but this year I was able to move up and back as needed to, um, clear the lungs without sliming the pack.
It's a four corner crit and they cut us down from 25 laps to 22 to make up some time in the schedule. All told it was around 18 miles/45 minutes. Garmin says I averaged around 320W which feels about right. Average speed was 24.5 mph - decently fast course. It's just four corners, so getting away would take a coordinated effort but we had decided beforehand to be reactionary until the last five laps and no one else seemed to want to make a go of it.
The place to attack was definitely the slight rise between the third and fourth corners. You could slip out of the pack for the first half of the lap then overtake everyone on the rise with a little bit of extra effort. I had plans to execute based on...
Great race yesterday in Lancaster County… It’s fun to get into that road race atmosphere again, spotting cars with expensive bikes on top along I-76, then following makeshift signs down country lanes to a BIKE RACE.
The car park of a rural industrial facility was full of folks on shiny new 2015 model bikes, talking the usual about “not going for a sprint”, “needing a few more miles for Battenkill”, and “Ugh, wind".
CS Velo’s Mike Porter was out early on his trainer, and Mark Sweetman came along to cheer on the team and meet some buddies in advance of his race. It was terrific to catch Kurt Dodds on the start line of his race, with Meredith and a new supporter.
57 had signed up for the Cat 4/5 40+ field so I was determined to get a good place on the grid, and rolled down early to the line with Mike. The start of our race was slightly delayed as the marshals took their positions on the course, which left a bunch of chilly racers in lycra enough time to chew nervously on energy g...