Im not sure if the result is worth a report, but as the best finisher on our team for this race, I think i am obligated to write one. Weather, Sunny, 72degrees, and only slightly windy. AJ, and I got to the start line near the front not wanting to miss any of the attacks that were sure to come. We headed down the road, and the Moto keeping the 15mph speed limit for the promenade caused this part of the race to be the most dangerous and sketchy. Once the speed picked up it smoothed out, and except for dodging racers drifting back with flats, there were no incidents or crashes that I heard of. Being that AJ has been putting in longer miles than me we had discussed the plan of me trying to get him in a break, for our best chance of our team placing well. Breaks were always trying to form , and AJ, and I did our best to get in them. I found it difficult to organize with him in these attempts and we discussed after the race on the drive home how we could have worked better together.
Back to the race, it was fast, with lots of surges, and the wind was not playing too much of a factor in breaking things up. We started the 5th lap altogether, and I was beginning to think that trying to get into a break would be a waste of time. This was after I had attempted to sit on Jared Kessler’s wheel in an attack that lasted maybe a mile or so. AJ was not with me so I did no pulling. I felt cooked so I settled back in the field and tried to recover. After the feed zone, we hit the rollers, and cresting up and over I saw that a large group had got a decent advantage off the front, and AJ and I were not near the front to try to get on it. I forget to mention that there were nearly 100 in our field so moving from the front to the back was not the easiest thing to do. I thought for a second that I would try to bridge AJ across, but I could not communicate to him what I was thinking, and the group was pulling out more time over the rest of us. The pace in the field finally slowed, and I told myself that the race was pretty much over for us. I was right.
For the next 1.5 laps we meandered around at a conversational pace. I was looking at the company I was in and even though I missed the break, I didn’t feel too disappointed. I could tell that this race was about being in the right place at the right time. I kept looking around for AJ near the finish, because I had talked to him about getting him in a good position on the long stretch before the hard right to the finish. It turns out that AJ got a flat on the last lap, and ended up rolling to the finish 5 or so minutes after I finished. I was passed by the marc pro train on the rise towards the finish. But I did beat Switters, and Bahatti.
So that how I ended up in 45th place, and got the honor of getting to write another race report.