Monday, August 27, 2012

Bitter Sweet

The final 2012 ABRA Road Race took place this past Saturday which means that the 2012 road racing season is pretty much over for the year.  Although mentally I am not yet ready to quit racing for the year my body is pretty much burn-out right now.  I do not do cyclocross so I will probably take some time off the bike come September / October.  However, if I did do cyclocross you can bet I would be racing all the 2012 Cyclocross Series sponsored by Pro Bikes races. 

On Saturday, August 25th at the Appalachia Visited road race my teammate Derek tore it up in the Category 3/4 race.  While I was getting dropped from the lead group on the final climb Derek was riding to the front taking charge.  I am pretty sure that he took a couple of my Honey Stinger energy gels out of my back pocket before riding to the front on the climb so this is most likely what gave him the turbo boost in those last 10 or so miles.  Maybe I should have been munching on a delicious Honey Stinger waffle at this point, or just throwing a rope around Derek and having him get me over that last climb.  However, I as able to finish the race and my Kenda Kaliente Pro tires kept me upright and the ProGold lube I used on my chain the day before made for quiet and smooth shifting.  After the finish of the race many of the riders cooled off in the Cheat River located in beautiful Rowlesburg, WV.  I instead opted to sit down under a shady pavilion at the very nice Rowlesburg Riverside Park and enjoy a tasty milkshake from the park’s concession stand.

Thank you very much to the town of Rowlesburg, WV for hosting the last 2012 ABRA Road Race and thank you to J.R. Petsko for another great 2012 ABRA Road Race series.