We start and me and the guy next to me take off, and are one two through the corner, safely, and it was all downhill from there. I did loose a couple spots on the descent, but still up in the front of the pack going over the speed hump, safely again, and then start climbing. The next couple laps were about the same, but I did find I was able to pick up as many as 5-10 spots going downhill as guys were grabbing for their brakes, and I would just fill the gaps they left. I would turn around and lose those spots climbing though as my legs were really starting to feel Snake Alley from the day before. By the 5th lap I was at the back of the pack, and an attack on the right side caused an acceleration that I just couldn't hold onto. So off the back I went.
Now I was stuck in no mans land all by myself, couldn't get back to the group, and the guys behind me weren't catching up. I only had about 10 seconds on them and one was a teammate, so I waited for them so we could work together and try and stay in the race. We did well taking turns pulling, and a few laps later we did pick up a 4th guy. One time up the hill one guy put in a harder effort which I was able to hang onto, but my teammate didn't get on so we had lost him at that point. 2 more laps and we could see there was only 4 to go and the USCF official pulled the 4 of us. Kinda pissed us off because there were 2 guys we were catching up to about 15 seconds up the road that didn't get pulled, at least on that lap, and we were still a good minute before we got lapped, but I understand on a course like this you don't want people getting in the way.
So next weekend brings the return of mountain bike racing down in the Des Moines area, hopefully that goes better for me....
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