Wednesday was the 8th race in the NashvilleCyclist.com crit series. There were 20 of us on the line, and the race started fast. I was ready to go and jumped on the wheel of a pro racer (who I will see again on Saturday) for the first few laps. With the wind, we didn't stay away, but she kept attacking. I'd react a few times and I'd wait for Catherine and Kat to react other times. Sometimes we did well, when it mattered we didn't.
Mary (pro) and Jes got a little gap maybe 12-15 minutes in. Cath and Kat were in the perfect position to bridge up, and I was in the perfect position to hold the field. (I didn't feel like I was in position to bridge up solo: Jess was watching every move I made, and if I went I'd do all the work for her, which I didn't want to do.) Unfortunately, Cath and Kat weren't able to bridge up, and at that point we were racing for 3rd place. I don't mind racing for third when I have a teammate up the road. I wouldn't have minded racing for 5th with two teammates up the road. But this time no teammates were up the road, and I wasn't too pleased. Oh, well, it is what it is.
|Field sprint. I'm the butt and wheel you see on the far right.|
We continued our race, Cath set me up perfectly with a great leadout, and I finished 3rd to win the field sprint. I am happy with how I raced and had fun. I would have liked to be in the lead group, though. Maybe next week.
|Jes, Mary, and me on the podium|
Race #8, 7-24-13: 29:29, 11.38 miles, 23.1 mph, 180 bpm, 3/21 and 3/5 Cat 1/2s
Race #7, 7-20-13: 49:57, 18.92 miles, 22.2 mph, 182 bpm, 1/12 and 1/5 Cat 2s
Race #6, 7-03-13: 31:05, 11.98 miles, 23.1 mph, 184 bpm, 1/18 and 1/5 Cat 2s
Race #5, 6-26-13: 29:26, 10.92 miles, 22.3 mph, 183 bpm, 6/23 and 4/5 Cat 2s
Race #4, 6-19-13: 29:48, 11.89 miles, 23.9 mph, 186 bpm, 5/19 and 3/4 Cat 2s
Race #3, 6-12-13: 28:48, 10.73 miles, 22.3 mph, 189 bpm, 2/18 and 1/3 Cat 2s
Race #2, 5-29-13: 30:39, 11.31 miles, 22.1 mph, 2/18 and 2/4 Cat 2s
Race #1, 5-22-13: 35:36, 12.88 miles, 21.7 mph, 4/14 and 2/3 Cat 2s (incorrect time and mileage)
|Tuesday's "recovery" ride|
While riding up McEwen (both times) I even thought maybe I'd want to join Strava just for those segments. So, I did a little digging. Currently, there is one segment, up from Wilson Pike going west to the top, and the QoM is Marsha. Now I'm even more motivated, because I can add a new segment!
Are you on Strava? If so, what is the best segment?