Monday, August 10, 2009

Glencoe Grand Prix, Chicago

The race was a 1 km 4 corner circuit down newly paved residential streets, the most difficult part of the course was the very sharp turn onto the finishing straight.

The weather was terrible initially with races being held up due to lightning strikes before we started. The race had 10x $100 primes and a pretty good purse for the finish. I felt strong from the beginning and managed to pick up the first two primes in a row, from there the race was full of attacks. Hayden made a great solo attack, opening a promising gap for an extended period in the middle of the race causing the field to chase hard.

I went after another prime 7 laps from the finish, the primes were coming lap after lap so i ended up off the front for about 4 laps solo, i was caught by a break of four riders with 3 laps to go, as we closed in on the final lap so did the bunch on us. We got caught with 2 corners to go, i was still at the front and the bunch was in tatters after shutting the gap so quickly. A rider jumped early going into the last corner i jumped right onto his wheel out of the final corner for the perfect leadout. It was all on for 200m to the line, i managed to get ahead before the line taking the win. Hayden had an awesome sprint, taking second coming from far back going into that last corner.

I am stoked with the result, its great to be sprinting better. Finally i have a result after working so hard for the last 3weeks it is very satisfying.

Flying back to Kutztown tuesday.

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