So once again I’m late to the post…but in my defense I was not quite in the mood to type about the Austin Nats weekend. On pretty much all fronts it was a bit of a disappointment. I always try to just go with the flow and just take things how they come but deep down I was beyond disappointed with how everything went down with both my racing and the events that occurred on Sunday morning.
So I’ll keep this part real short. The SS went okay…I had a good feeling about this one and definitely knew I could have landed on one of the steps on the podium if not the top spot. Had some bad luck happen on lap one and was forced to chase. I ended up 9th. It was a pretty solid effort and gave me good confidence going into Sunday. I definitely wished I could have done better but realized I felt good and just looked at the bright side.
Now it had rained for the night prior to pre-ride on Saturday and the course was looking AMAZING!! Super slick, tons of techy sections. I am jumping for joy at this point. Sunday morning rolls around and the race is “cancelled”…What the …. You cancel a race because of the amount of rain and for the safety of some trees that you approved the course to go around… Yeah real smart Austin Parks and Rec. I won’t waste much energy on that subject because others have certainly beat that one to death. So you know what… it’s postponed for everyone, what can I do. Nothing but just stay relaxed and get ready for racing to resume on Monday.
I still feel amazing come Monday AM. Course is slick, everyone is struggling in the conditions and I am still loving it! The Specialized boys had my bikes dialed!! Huge Thanks to Patrick “Tree” and Jon for keeping those puppies in top shape all weekend. I had a great warm up and was ready for the task at hand. I roll to the start line and once call ups have been completed USA Cycling decides to fill in a 9th person on the front row, right in front of me and Troy Wells, which is definitely illegal according to the UCI. And I want to make this CLEAR. I am not blaming Jamey or Donn from Raleigh for their actions (I would expect nothing but a fight to get a rider back on to the front row) but USAC cannot over rule the UCI…Whatever it’s cool. I’ll make it work.
Gun goes off and were are racing, got a great jump off the line and was probably sitting in the top ten until complete chaos unleashed. The pack drifted to the right on a slight uphill and a rider from behind rides into my derailleur and pulls the wheel out of the dropout. There’s a huge crash behind me but I didn’t go down thankfully. Now the adrenaline is pumping and I’m fighting to get my wheel back in and the there I am the last dude still there from the crash. I keep fighting with he wheel before I realize I’m loosing even more time and decide to run to the pits. I hop on my other bike and start chasing.
At this point I’m now just on damage control and my main concern is to not get pulled. So I start chasing’ like hell. I ended up passing about 25 dudes and luckily stay on the lead lap and finish in 25 or something close to that. I didn’t really bother to look at the results and was pretty much done with the weekend and looking to put Austin in my rearview as quickly as possible.
So that pretty much sums up the entire weekend in a somewhat lengthy post. I am not a fan of long posts but this one seems appropriate and if you’ve gotten this far and didn’t just jump to the pics, THANK YOU for reading.
Thanks to Bill from Crank Brothers and Spencer from Road Bike Action for the Pics!!