|The field going up the climb early in the race|
It seemed ever since WORS Cup I was feeling really outstanding on the bike and I rolled into the Wisconsin State Road Race championships with a little cold but great legs. I knew the fitness level was very high from the short track race at WORS Cup and was anxious to show it.
This race has always been a tricky one as the team tactics are in full force and last year it seemed I was not allowed into any sort of break. Sometimes the addition of just one strong teammate can make all the difference.
With 2 laps to go Isaac and I decided it was time to start whittling down our group and I volunteered to attack first. On the climb I went to the front and started drilling it and by the top it was down to only 2 other riders. Two more eventually bridged up later in the lap. We rotated through while Isaac sat on the chase group. Then with one to go I rode the climb medium hard...I watch the power meter hover around 400W for the 2 mins or so it took to get up the hill and over the false flat at the top. It turns out that was enough to get a small gap and, sensing an opportunity, I kept the gas on. Two seconds became 30 and I felt myself slip into TT mode and go all in.
|The last few meters coming up to the finish line!|
It was a mental battle with myself those last 20 mins it took to ride the lap solo. I was fighting off fatigue and muscular calls to let up. I checked a few times over my shoulder to see the chase group trying to close the gap but they were almost out of sight and I knew my odds were good. Once I could see the base of the finishing climb I knew that was it. I still pushed it all the way to the line and it felt great to finally win a race!
Ore to Shore was the next race on the schedule. This was a lower priority race on my calendar. It seems like it’s always pack racing that ends in a sprint finish. A super fun race to do but it’s one that doesn’t really play to my strengths as a rider. After a somewhat sketchy and dusty start the lead group was established. My goal was to save energy for the end and let Cole and Brian attack each other all day.
|The lead pack|
There were a couple points in the race where I thought Brian, Cole, and I might roll away from everyone but Jordan Wakely was hot on the chase and closed down a lot of gaps. In the end I had a costly bobble in the very last sandy corner before the pavement. It came down to a 3 way sprint with Jordan, Tristan, and myself for 3rd-5th and I ended up with the 5th spot.
After Ore to Shore is was a quick week back at work, cleaning, and wrenching on bikes. I had a recovery week training wise hoping to roll into Mt Morris with fresh legs. As it turned out they weren't quite fresh enough to hang with Cole's furious pace at the start. I was able to hold off Tristan for 3rd in the end though.
|The single track was dry and dusty this year at Mt Morris.|
|Podium time. 3rd and 5th for the 5-Nines Team!|