Another great weekend of racing at the Hincapie Training series!
Saturday we had a a 75 mile road race at fork shoals. The race was a slinky the whole time just fast then slow then fast then slow the whole time because all the roads were so narrow that to attack you had to attack from the front. On the first lap Tommy pulled of the group during a slow portion to relieve him self and then we started to go hard again. So he put his head down to chase on and as soon as he got on we missed a turned. So we had to stop and flip it so he was on the front with every one who was just on the back. This caused a bit of madness as every tried to make there way thru the group on the tiny single lane that we were allowed to race on. Since nothing was getting away we started preparing for a sprint. After all that Tommy got away with 6k to go and then I watched Oscar and 2 other people bridge up to Tommy with 5k to go. At that point I knew I need to be up there so I asked the guy next to me if I could get out and he let me so I smashed it up to the break of 6 at this point. Once I was one we were very touch and go with the group so Oscar headed to the front of the break and put everything into it to extend are lead. As soon as he pulled of I headed out on the attack since I knew Tommy could take the guys in the group in the sprint. This made the other riders chase me down till they caught me with about 1.5 k to go at that point Tommy hit them hard to solo to the win. I had to every thing on the line and just got swallowed up by the group.
Then on Sunday we headed back to the Donaldson Center for another circuit race. We planned on being aggressive and make sure we had good numbers in the group when it splits. The winds were the exact opposite from last week. On the first lap as we headed into the cross wind I attacked to bridge to a solo move up the road. As we hit the crosswinds we got caught by the group that was stretched out single file all the way back. At this point I did everything in my power to make sure I did not miss the split and that was just not quite enough! So after that I rode 4th wheel behind 3 united health care rides that missed the split and did not have any one in the break. Some days its just your turn to sit in the group. It all worked out in the end with Frank taking the sprint out of the break of 6 at that point to beat George Hincapie for his 3rd win of the 4 races and putting the REACYCLIST.COM team at 4 for 4 on the season.