14 April 2010
2010 Brabantse Pijl / TNWC #5
Last night was a nice, fun, steady race. Attacks went and came back for most of the night. Nothing was getting away though...too much HP in the group.
Breaks would go, have a good amount of power in them, yet only get 50-75 meters out and get pulled back within a lap or two...except for the end. There was a BIG lull with two to go that allowed JayC to get away, and stay away for the solo win. The remainder of the group, which had dwindled to @ 20 at this point, diced it out for the scraps.
I actually felt quite good last night, but didn't want to do anything to strain my back, so I sat in and rolled around. I can say, with some authority, that the back is a scary place to be. It's very Cat5 back there. Too many people sitting up and braking heavily into the turns, thus creating gaps, and then sprinting like their asses are on fire to close the gaps. Roll into the turns and speed will scrub naturally. The juniors are extremely guilty of this behavior. Sure, most of them can go like hell in a straight line, but the turns have them vexed.
Anyway, it was big fun last night.
As an aside, I rode the new Vittoria Open Corsa CX2 tires last night (320tpi). Every bit as good as tubulars when paired with latex tubes. If you haven't ridden these tires, you're missing out!
Thursday ride this week...6pm @ the gate.