It doesn’t matter how old I get or how long I have been racing my bike, the first crit of the year always brings butterflies. Did I put in enough training over the winter? What new riders are going to show up and really make it hurt? Am I going to stay off the ground?
Tuesday night worlds at the Fair is a series of races in Minnesota that occurs every Tuesday evening, surprisingly, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It’s nothing too exciting, but it is a great way to tune up the race legs for more important weekend races later in the season.
Having just been fitted on my new Specialized Allez Sprint X2 with at BG Fit less than a week ago, I wasn’t feeling 100% comfortable on the bike yet. So far I love the way that it rides and handles, but it just takes a little time for it to feel like an extension of your body.
Our race was the last of the evening in the Cat 1/2/3 Field. There were roughly 64 riders and we kept it pretty hot for the first few laps. My legs felt good and I was confident moving around the field. It’s amazing how quickly it all comes back. With Sprint Points on the line every four laps, I decided to go at the first opportunity. With a race like this it’s all about dosing your efforts and I was happy to grab a point for fourth over the line without having to kill myself.
However, on the lap proceeding the sprint, I hit a pothole and my seat dropped about 2 cm. What’s 2 cm? Before riding a road bike I wouldn’t have thought much of it. However psychologically it felt like I was riding a BMX bike for the next several laps. I fell off the back of the group and pulled over before doing any damage to my knees.
It was great to knock the rust off and meet most of my goals. I had fun, went for a sprint, and didn’t end up on the ground. WIN! Results: TNW
I think I now have my bike pretty much dialed-in and am excited for a road race this weekend and the second crit of the year next Tuesday. See you then!
Tuesday Night Worlds at the Fair (4/12/2016) VIDEO