Today was the WCA Muskego Park road race, which I unhappily drove down to myself for 2.5 hours since there are a lack of bicycle racers in Green Bay. It was good to see some familiar faces from last year tearing it up--the likes of Kyle Jacobsen, the White Brothers, Schroetlin, Roessing, Crater, etc.
That being said, I have no intention of pulling ever again in a local race this year.
I attacked from the gun and got a nice split in the field after 1 lap, so things were swell. One Jittery Joes rider in the field helped me out and actually pulled through. Unfortunately I our group didn't keep the pace high enough and we came back on lap 3.
So I keep covering moves and attacking when appropriate. About 15 minutes into the race the JJ rider made a small attack on the downhill and bridged a 5 second gap to a random solo rider--or so I thought! Turns out it was Jacobsen up there drilling it, so that was a dumb move by yours truly. The duo got out of sight in the middle of the race and the chase was on.
I tried to bridge with ABD twice, to no avail. We got the gap down to a pretty small margin of 10-12 seconds, but every time we got close, the pack would sit up, I would attack, and everyone would take a breather afterwards and let the gap open up more. So, that was a bad idea.
Before this gets utterly boring, we didn't catch the break, it was a sprint for 3rd place. I jumped on the ABD leadout behind Crater with 500 meters to go. I jumped at the right time, but I pulled out of my pedal! Damn, it was the first time in a while I actually had 1500 watt jump at the end of a crit.
Here's to hoping I get out to New York in time for next weekend's Bank of America crit.