May 10, 2015

As usual I headed up to NJ early this morning for a TT. I had never done the Somerset tt before but it is known as the most technical one around. It is a circuit with about 12 turns, several of them coming on fast descents and onto narrow roads. With some rollers thrown in it is a great course and a lot of fun. Most of the race went well for me and I was keeping a good enough pace that I thought I would easily win. But then my own stupidity, and then another's cost me the race. It was raining and I made the bad decision to use the visor on my helmet. By about half way through it was coated with water and I could barely see. I stupidly tried to rip it off my face while down in aero and the motion of yanking at it while on the aero bars caused my bars to sharply jerk to the right. I almost went down but stayed up, but found myself heading for a curb at about 28 mph. I hopped the curb and wove my way through someone's front yard narrowly avoiding some trees. Went back out onto the course...

May 10, 2015

I have said some negative things in the past about the Smoketown Airport course, and while I'm not going to completely recant them I can definitely say I had a better time there this year than I have had in the past. It's a hotdog course with a slight chicane on the far side and the bottom 180 always seems to be a problem for some riders.  The weather was typical for this time of year - too warm to be chilly but not hot, muggy, overcast, and threatening rain. 

 

Since that bottom corner is crash central, my plan going into the race was to stay up front and do work instead of having to use my brakes, avoid the inevitable undercut or sweep in the 180, and having to sprint out of the corners to make up wasted speed. 

 

The first lap was a neutral roll out and from where I was in the second row everything seemed kosher but I heard shouts from behind me of people who were upset at other riders using the time to gain position. I took up behind Jeff W. from Green Mountain because, well, he's...

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