Today was the only date on the calendar going down the S-Curves. This is the most technical race, and I think the hardest, PR offers. Rather than racing down a decently steep hill and then up a curvy, gentler hill (or the reverse), racers have to descend a technical double-hairpin. Those not in the front then need to sprint up a small rise to catch on.
I personally lasted for 4 laps – the preme lap, to be precise. I wasn’t in the back, but even in the middle it was tough as the yo-yo effect was that severe. People kicked it up a notch on the preme, and while I was finally able to catch back on as the pack descended, I was done. Waited for a lap, hopped back on at the end to finish it out, did another few laps… but oof. Tough race. Each sprint at the bottom of the S-Curves was over 1000 watts for me… which is up there with PPL sprints. Oof!
June began with another counter-clockwise escape route course. Scot Weeks, another 4 on our team, was racing with me. At the preme lap, I hollered at him to get on my wheel and as we rounded the corner for the downhill, I sprinted out. I told him to stay on my wheel until the bottom, where I’d have gotten a reasonable gap on the pack and he could hopefully power it up for the preme. Well, he decided to go BEFORE the descent… and was promptly swallowed up. He’s not as big as I. 😉
Anyway, we raced around until the end, and I was just in for the pack finish. However, on the final lap, pushed, and saw him pushing as well. Moved up to the top third, but on the hill was too tired to do much. But did hear, and then after the cool-down pace heard from Scot that he managed the win! He had good position on the downhill, followed a reasonable line up, and the guy in front of him was just gassed, so he was able to pull it off. Nice work!
A sunny day, a 7 PM start. In theory, flats, but due to some work on the drag strip, it’d be counter-clockwise with the escape route. Should be a good hills workout, especially after all the March racing. The 1/2/3s head out… then the Masters. Huh… there’s still a lot of people about.
Over 90 people, to be exact!
It’s just a huge, huge pack. It’s actually a bit intimidating, to be honest. I’m in the middle. The first couple of laps are tough and I’m winded… I’m not bombing down the escape route as there’s tons of people. And it’s tough moving up, as the pack is fast… very fast. It’s 30 minutes, so people are taking it like a crit, and I’m having a hell of a time climbing. I get dropped after the 2nd hill, so I sit up at top for the pack to come around. When they do, I race to catch on the back… and don’t! The pack is moving at around 26-28 MPH, and I can’t catch on for the life of me. Turns out the 4/5s also passed the Masters… just a fast moving pack. I do one more lap, then I’m done. Oof!
Hill repeats. Must do hill repeats.