Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tour de sommerville

This was my first ever big usa crit last year and it scared the heck out of me. It is a four corner 1km circuit with 228 starters, it was kayos i never looked back but there were a lot of crashes, it is one of the most dangerous races with such a big field. this year i got to start up the front of the race and that is where i remained till about 4 laps to go after working for the guys when my doors blew off as our team started the bunch lead out for the finish. coming into a couple of laps to go coltivita took over but Hayden godfrey ended up with an awesome result of 4th. the teams was very happy with how everyone rode and Hayden's result.
next race is ricola 2 days away

Bike jam 2008 NRC

First big race back was Bike jam in Maryland, this race was an NRC (national race calender) event. We had a full squad there it looked to be a tough day with a lot of the big teams showing up. the circuit was more like a circuit race then a crit. it was i a city park which meant there were no curbs but some tight corners, after my warm up i realised my legs were shot from the 6 hour drive down the night before, but as the race went on i actually felt better. i had a hard time with positioning and avoiding crashes but buy the time i started moving up it was far too late and far too fast i was pretty disappointed with my performance i need to lift my game. i ended up finishing round 40th of about 120 riders. team mate jeff hopkins finished 7th.
i have two more big crits this week, and am looking forward to them.



Friday, May 16, 2008

Back on the bike

I am now all healthy, I'm back on the bike and training is back in full swing. The weather around Columbus has been very disappointing and not what i was expecting compared to last year, when your out training and you can here tornado warnings that's not so good, haha.

I'm looking forward to my first race back, Tym Tyler's race at sugar grove this weekend should be a great challenge.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Riding on hold

Not so good news, I ended up missing the last two days of racing as i came down with strep throat. I tried to start the Charlotte race and fell to bits in the first 10 minutes. I am really gutted, its not what i need right now and its a shame to have not been in the helping the team in the races. I was stuck on the sideline doing the best i could on the radio, not that it probably helped much as the guys would have struggled to understand me with my accent and the rest of the commotion going on.

Over all the team did well, with Jeff Hopkins finishing the week off in third overall, Bennett 5th on the last day and the rest of the guys finishing in the top 20.

I have been assigned time off until completely better then its big miles getting ready for more USA Crit Series and Tour of Ohio.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Downtown Walterboro criterium

This race was pretty crazy it started in the dark and there were large sections of the coarse not lit up. it was a 80km crit on a 1 mile loop. i had a better start this time, but managed to get 2 consecutive punctures on the same hole on the course. i finished in 41st place, i had a bit more energy then i should have left but just couldn't get through the bubble then with 2 to go got caught behind a crash. I'm disappointed with this ride, still searching for a good result.