EVENT

CCCX Circuit race #1

CATEGORY

Pro/1/2/3

DATE

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

AUTHOR

Angel Garbarino

COURSE DESCRIPTION

4.3 mile loop, for 75 minutes, Several rollers, but no climbs that were sustained, or serious terrain features.

PREVIOUS RESULTS

2013: 1st Cat 4

WEATHER

Cloudy, fair weather, some wind.

TEAMMATES

Andrea Turner, raced 1st race as Cat 4, with her group, but not racing together (our group did an additional lap).

GOALS

Team - help Andrea on a sprint if I was with her at that time.

Personal - Only 3 girls including myself - no point options - so practice attacking and sprints.

PLAN

Aggressive on the downhills, get them excited to wear each other out on the hills, and sprint for the finish.

RACE SUMMARY

Sadden to only have 3 girls including myself in the race.  Knew that points would not be an option because of the low turnout, so turned this into a practice race.  Awkward at the start because we race with the pack of 18+ Cat 4 girls.  Practiced racing as if I was apart of their race, and on the last lap, go out of the way. The other two ladies and I catted briefly into our last lap whether we’d play cat and mouse to the finish or decide on a sprint location.  Though friendly, nobody trusted anyone, so there were some mild attacks.  I won this same race last year by getting a gap on the final descent and sprinting in for the finish.  I tried that same strategy this year, and they caught me going into the climb for the sprint.  My strategy backfired, and I essentially lead them into the sprint for the finish. Good practice race, but not my smartest move at the end.  

TAKEAWAYS

I need to conserve better early in the race.  I attacked once and chased two or three times.  

I need to wait for the finish sprint, took it too early on this one.  

When my power meter says low battery, it really means it’s dead.  

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