Sunday, April 5, 2009

Harley Wins Tysons!

2 days, 2 wins, 2 different riders. I did not have anything to do with the first win, but I sure as hell had something to do with today's. I think the days of pulling off 1st 2nd and 3rd may be harder to come by, with teams and other riders stepping up - but that really makes racing more fun. Getting the win seems to mean more.

Today we were not the most numerous team (thank God because that is embarrassing). All of the local teams were pretty well represented. On the second lap Josh Frick (DC Velo) went and I jumped across to him with Evan Fader (Richmond Pro) in tow. The 3 of us worked pretty good together and stayed away for a little less than a 3rd of the beginning of the race. I know this because right as we got caught by the single file field the bell rang for the first of three primes (that were to be equally separated throughout the race. I went for it from the turn at the bottom of the hill and could feel Ryan McKinney moving up on my right. I dug all the way to the line and I thought he nipped me, but the officials had me down for it after the race. I was extremely toasted after that and while I was waiting for the secondary burners to kick in in my legs and aerobic system the field went buzzing by me in a broken up single file line. I mostly recovered by the turn before the downhill when another group went.

They got caught, and another group went.

They got caught, and another group went.

They got caught, and another group went.

By the halfway point it was pretty obvious how this was going to end, and I could imagine Ken Young and Todd Hipp licking their chops cause this was a day for the sprinters.

In this situation, I know my job. I found the Brian Butts and Todd got on his wheel. Russ pulled from lap 3 to 2 keep the speed up and sacrificed. Dave did the same. 2 turns to go and Jason Meidoff got stuck on the front - I thought he was going to keep the speed up for Ken, but they had other plans. Then the last call attacks started coming and I just surfed them keeping the boys in the top 5 at all times . Out of the last turn I kicked until the spring that holds my head blew sky high and swung off. In the blur of pain that had become my existence I say Todd raise his hands and I felt proud.

4 comments:

  1. Nice job! You guys looked really strong saturday.

    Hey - do you have ken's email? he just moved 15 min away from me down here in NC.

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  2. Great riding Sunday.

    Oh, and in regards to your comments; You ARE the entertainment, get used to it ;)

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  3. hey Chuck, did you see the video of the race?
    http://www.vimeo.com/4042383

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