This Friday, we took part in the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, a UCI 1.2 road race. Our squad consisted of Jimmy, Winston, Oliver, Buddy, Stephan, Oleg, Igor, myself, and Jan as the Director. The course was hilly and wove through downtown Winston-Salem and the surrounding neighborhoods for 171km. Each of the 15 laps had a 10+% stair stepped climb in it, which did a number on the field. For those who want to watch the race or pieces of it, here is the link.
The race started out fast from the gun with the first 3 or 4 laps seemingly flat out. We were represented at the front with Buddy, Winston, and Jimmy going with a few moves. Jimmy ultimately made a solid break which stayed away for a good portion of the race, but was reeled in eventually. The winning move of ~20 riders got away after this move and we were out of position to respond to it.
Winston, Oliver, and I went with a few moves at this point, but nothing stuck. Heading into the last lap, I bridged to a chase group after the final climb, through the start/finish line. Here is the clip. I made it to the group, however we were later caught on the fast highway section. The final time up the climb, the remainder of the field shredded and finished in smaller groups, with our top placing being 43rd for the race. I rolled in with this group at 47th. Not quite the result I was hoping for, but this was a tough one. Just about half of the 190+ man field didn’t finish. As always I’m grateful to all the team and all the sponsors for making it all possible! Looking forward to the Joe Martin NRC race coming up this Thursday in Arkansas.