Monday, January 29, 2007

Two down, many to go

Goddamn Americans. Don't get me wrong here - I'm no commie/terrorist/pinko/whatever. I love America, was born here, live here, and until recently had never left the friendly shores of the red, white, and blue. I'm referring strictly to American Crit Trash (ACT).

If America weren't such a cycling ignorant nation (referring to the non-racers, etc., of course) we'd have more road races. This would mean more climbs, which would benefit little guys like me. Unfortunately, we can only get 9/10 of a mile of a weekend deserted industrial park closed for our races. Perfect for ACT. Thus, most races end up being:

    right turn * 4 * (n)laps + sprint = win

Great if you weigh 185 lbs. Not great if you weigh 135 lbs.

So, for a reader's digest version of the events: Race 1 - 10th wheel going into corner 2 on the last lap. Crash in front of me. After locking up the back wheel and sliding through the corner to avoid said crash and sprinting to catch on to the group that made it through unscathed, I had nothing left and coast through for a 17th place finish.

Race 2 - Launched a couple teammates off for primes. Good. Came through the last corner 5th or 6th wheel. Good. Got passed by many in the sprint. Bad. Rolled across the line 17th. Bad.

So, to sum it all up: Two races, two 17th place finishes, no success. Screw you, ACT sprinters. Let's see how you do this weekend in the hills.


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