Sunday, March 18th marked the first training race on the season for me and a few teammates. I wound up racing in the Men's 1-2-3 field with new teammates Brad and Billy. I have raced against both guys the past few years and gotten to know them both during races, so I am proud to have them as teammates this season. The race would be approximately 23 laps for a total of 35 miles of a lumpy course with a pretty steady wind. The final stretch into the finish line had a stout headwind, so the final would be a slow-speed sprint. The first 10 laps I spent covering 1 and 2 man moves, but when the main break went up the road, I couldn't match the speed and stayed in the field. For the rest of the race, I took pulls attempting to bring the winning move back. A few more riders went up the road, all 3 WV guys, including Brad, so I just stayed near the front of the main pack and waited for the final sprint. In the end, I stayed tucked in behind wheels as long as I could, and finished 2nd in the field sprint, 10th overall. Brad finished 8th, and Billy finished in the field. not too bad for 3 cat 3's racing together for the first time.
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