Another race, another good team result. I didn't have a good ride today, it took about two laps for me to get at all into the game, then a couple more to really get going. If you were blatantly disregarding the yellow line rule, as a ton of people were, it was real easy to get up front. If you paid it any mind at all, it was a bitch on wheels to move up. Is the lesson there that you just ignore the line? I put my hand on a rider's arm as he was blowing by the field outside the line, held him in place and said "look down at where you are on the road. Cut the crap." Shockingly, he went back and found a spot without being a d-bag. Anyhow, our collectivve not as good as usual positioning somewhat negated our plans to be more aggressive than we wound up being, although Newport and Parrish both got up and made stuff happen.
As he'd planned, Nathan W got in a promising 3 man break with about two to go and they stuck it. They never had a lot but they had what they needed. Fortunately we had 4 guys ready for the counter (by that point I'd gotten myself out of the cellar of the field) if they had been swallowed up. Parrish nearly took the field sprint for 4th but settled for sixth. I had good position up the last hill, top ten down the downhill and through the curvy section, up the last rise and onto the finishing stretch, but lost a ton of ground by choosing the doomed left side. I should have grown a pair and moved way up when it started to get wierd in front of me, but I hesitated. He who hesitates is lost and sometimes has to brake hard to avoid the two people now going sideways into the cornfield. Coulda woulda shoulda, cue the violins.
The last half of the race didn't seem nearly as hard as the first couple of laps, but the overall numbers of the race bear out that it wasn't a very hard race. Probably because I played pack fill for the first 4 laps.
I'm at that spot now where I'm not going to get dropped from any race, and can play a role at almost every race, but need to get that extra push over the cliff to get some good results. Intervals, here I come. Also, I need to get better at the head game. I had the cajones to get myself where I needed to be 1/4 lap out, then at the critical moment I blinked.
3-4 races are pretty much just as sketchy as 4 races. It's bike racing, shit's going to happen