Jim Miller CX recap
CRAZY race. Got lined up on the second row after call ups but the course was super wide and really fast so I was able to get move up to around 4th or so wheel in the second group. About a third of the way through lap one I crashed on a transition onto a wet sidewalk breaking my shoe and getting passed by everyone. After the shock and frustration wore off and I had talked myself out of bailing from the race I started time trialing back through the field with a broken shoe.
I was feeling good and probably brought back around 10 or so people but my HR had been pinned for almost 15 minutes and I needed to chill for a bit. I kept moving through the field but not as quickly when the race was neutralized about half way through the race. I know right, neutralized? Apparently in the race before ours someone crashed really hard in the double track down hill section on the backside of the course. I am not sure they realized the extent of the injuries until after they had started our race and they had to call the EMT.
When the ambulance arrived they had to get back there and get the injured rider out. So now we’ve got a bunch of dudes who are anaerobic just getting stopped at the start/finish so that the EMT can do their thing. Everyone took this opportunity to spin, get water, or in my case find some tape or toe strap to fix my shoe. After about a half hour break they decided to shorten the course into a legit grass crit. PERFECT! No braking, no super tight corners and perfect tacky conditions so that I could just big ring through everything even up the uphill start finish straight.
The officials started us in groups of four in the order that we came into the neutralization and I was in the 4th wave. They gave about 5 or so second between each group and let us go into what used to be about a 7 minute lap to a 2:30 minute lap. Scoring was going to be a night mare. I immediately bridged to the group ahead and started moving up to the second group. At this point people were bailing or just giving up. A lot of people were just racing for team points and didn’t mind where they finished. Others were frustrated by the stop/wait/start again and just went into chill mode. I finally got into a rhythm with a guy who was riding well and we took turns pulling back the lead group.
We got within 10 or so seconds but the lead group was still working really well together and a 5 man group is always better than 2. My help bobbled over the barriers with 4 or 5 to go and I had to go on ahead with out when I noticed the Pro/1/2 guys were only a couple turns behind me. At this point I was pretty much where I was going to finish but there was a racer in 7th just ahead. He was only about 5 seconds up but he was able to keep an eye on me and gauge his efforts based on where I was. I tried to use the leaders to help pull me up but that may have been a bad idea. They were flying. Anyway I was able to hold to 8th for the day despite all craziness. Thanks so much for Heather’s help getting me here and sorry for the long report!