Saturday, January 27, 2007

Dan's Bring It On Pracetice Crit

Today my AEG-Toshiba-Jetnetwork teammate Bobby Sweeting and I took part in a practice crit in Alachua, FL. The course is D shaped and a mile long with the two 90 degree turns coming toward the end. The pro,1,2,3 race did 25 laps. The race was intense with attacks from the gun. You really wouldn't have thought it was just a practice race. About 5 laps in a group of about 15 riders got away, including Bobby and myself. There were alot of attacks and small breaks that came and went. Bobby and I covered it all. Nothing could stick because everyone in that group wanted to win the race. Then with about 3 laps to go this Raul, a Belgian rider attacked and Bobby went with him. They stayed about ten seconds off the front of the group. No one really wanted to chase too hard. Then with half a lap to go James Sweeny jumped hard and I was on it. I followed him to the last turn. We were right on Bobby and Raul. I was cramping and in lots of pain by now. I jumped to sprint from the last turn and passed everyone but Bobby. It was a sweet race because Bobby and I took first and second place. It is the best possible scenario. I am also pleased with my current form considering it is early in the year.