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2010 Cantua Creek Road Race

Awesome race today. We brought the whole team out. Unfortunately,
the whole team is 3 riders each in different categories so no team work for me. Came away
with 2nd place.

Pace was so slow after the first descent of the race. I attacked just
to mix it up. Everyone else was also looking for a reason to go hard,
so the chase was immediate. Will attacked next. I had made friends
with Will when we were in a chase group at Patterson. He had one guy
go with and I slow rolled at the front hoping to bridge later and they got a little gap, but
were still caught quickly.

Will and I waited for a few more attacks and then attacked again together, but that
was also shut down. We came back to the first climb and the pace was
a little fast but I don’t think anyone was getting dropped. On the
way back out Will had attacked with another guy and they were off the
front for a little while. I put in a big effort and bridged to the
group and we started working.

The other guy with Will cracked pretty quickly and it was
just the 2 of us, which I was good with because I knew Will and I
could work together and if the cat 5 pack couldn’t get a chase
organized, we’d be good. Unfortunately, Will spent a lot of time off
the front earlier and said he was going to drop back to the pack.
Also, the pack had finally organized a chase so we sat up.

When we got caught, the pack decided to leave us in the front going
like 18mph. I was just doing like 140W and chilling, but no one would
pass me. Totally bizarre. Eventually I got into like 12th spot and
waited and recovered for the next 15 miles to the hilltop finish.

Finish was pretty good for me. As soon as the road started going out,
the front group sorted itself out and everyone else went backwards.
Everyone went hard on the first half of the climb and I made sure I
had a wheel as the pace was around 20mph. Then the road dips down and
gets fast and then the last 1km is all uphill with a nice 1km marker
to give you a heads up. Had a good lead out wheel from someone going
too hard that I wanted to hold till the 200m mark, but one guy was off
the front by like 30m. So at 400m I chased after him at VO2max, then
sprinted the last 200m, but didn’t catch him.

Apparently all the top 6 placers in each category get t-shirts except
for cat 5. No love for the cat 5 racers. One more race to go before
moving to cat 4.

Race stats:
time: 2:04:20
avg speed: 22.8 mph
elevation gain: 1400ft mostly in rollers
climbs: 2x300ft
distance: 47.34 miles
CTL: 47
TSB: 16
result: 2nd

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