Picture this: You’re in the breakaway group of 15 riders out of 60 something. You’ve got 3 teammates with you, too. The first half of the race usually beats the shit out of you, but not today. You felt fucking fresh. You were in the front group, if not the first one up, all the major climbs. You were smart and didn’t work any more than you had to. That’s what got you in this breakaway.
Mile 40 of 65. No chase group in sight. You, along with your teammates, and 11 other racers did an incredible job keeping the pace high enough (on top of not eating shit on the mud climbs and descents) to make sure that this was it and that you guys wouldn’t get caught. You’ve got an 8-minute lead on the rest of them - at the very least. The lead group of Battenkill 2014, Group 4C looked promising.
VIDEO: PARIS ROUBAIX 2011
Look no further. This video by Tom Newton is the only one you need to watch to get you hyped for tomorrow’s Sunday in Hell. Good find, Peloton Magazine.
RACE REPORT | NEVERSINK INVITATIONAL 2013
There are rare instances where I can experience the full spectrum of human emotion in just a few short hours. From filling my soul with self doubt and disbelief, to trusting in my physical and emotional capacities and abilities more than I could imagine - it’s incredible how much you can fluctuate to both extremes in such a short period of time.
There are moments that I will never be able to describe in words — like the random 30-second sunshower that fell to the earth the minute I even thought about dismounting on the final climb that encouraged me to keep going, or the way the finish line was similar to heaven’s gates engulfed by the bluest of skies on the top of the what at the time seemed like steepest hill ever, surrounded by friends cheering me on.
And though I’ll never be able to describe any of these memories to their full potential and meaning, I’m glad I’m able to share with you that you too can experience such moments, and feel such feelings, just by doing something as simple as riding your bike. Allez, friends.
(PHOTO © DAVID TRIMBLE)
FBF Tuesday Races
First Floyd race of the summer.
FIrst race as a CAT4.
First time I’ve suffered this hard in a long time.
See you next week.
PHOTOSET: RED HOOK CRIT NAVY YARD
Here’s a handful of favorites that I took from a very intense race that was the RHC Navy Yard. I’ll be posting more images via the collective Red Hook Crit Tumblr so be on the lookout.