The Fort Classic Road Race
The weather for The Fort Classic each year is always troublesome and has no middle ground. It is either cold and raining or hot and humid (that’s it). However, this year is was actually rather nice, so I was very skeptical on what was going to happen during the race since the abnormal weather had me out of my comfort zone, so I opted for the Masters 40+ race this year and it was a blast. The field size was about 30 riders or so with some pretty heavy hitters, so it was going to be a hard day in the saddle since all Masters race together (40, 50 and 60+).
We started off on our 7 lap journey at a reasonable pace and hit the first little “up” in grand style and I crested the top in first position of the group. Some attacks tried to go away throughout the laps, but could never seem to “stick.” I was growing a little frustrated with the pace at points (for masters it was slow), so when it was my turn to take a pull, I just put me head down and did a strong effort. I would look back, and the group would just let me ride right off the front, so I just kept going. They would eventually pull me back around the start/finish line and then the cycle would repeat itself over the course of the next 5 laps. HOWEVER, on lap 7, Frankie Ross (Masters 40+) put in a nice attack and two others were soon to follow. I thought to myself, that I should go with this attack, but there were a few other strong riders that did not go with him that I was sure would close the gap and I would get a free ride to the break and then I could counter attack when we bridged.
|Live To Fight Another Day|
Sure enough, we closed the gap to within 30 seconds and then the folks that were driving the group realized that there was no one in their age category (Masters 50+) in the break, so they shut it down and stopped racing. I was forced to throw my cards on the table and I counter attacked as soon as that happened, and basically led out the sprint for the others. Oh well, that’s how it goes sometimes, but I’ll live to fight another day!!!
|I tricked JR into standing by me.....|
|Masher on The Podium.....|