Despite a chilly start to the morning and some wind, it shaped up to be a great day. The course was revamped (to my liking), taking out some of the L.O.N.G. straightaways to nowhere that had once defined it. Slightly shorter with some additional turns and flow that rewarded smooth cornering with a couple of flat power sections were the name of the game. Start was much better as well. Hats off to the Ciclismo folks!
Got my pressure dialed in and had some decent warmup laps. Despite missing both PACX races last week, my finish at Town Hall Cross earned me a front row call up. I flubbed my clip in off the start but managed to hit the first turn about 7th wheel.
|Not my best clip in off the gate, but it turned out to be a decent start.|
|Now up to 4th, Josh is right behind me.|
|Dirt ride up section, at this point we were all alone.|
I was surprised how easily I was keeping Joe's wheel and actually started to look for the opportunity to pass.
|A set of REAL FUN sweepers, over a bridge and through the woods. My favorite section of the course!|
Coming out of the long gravel section I got a good drive in the sweeper after the pit and made an inside pass. Then proceeded to tighten up and miss some lines. Dumb ass! We had closed the gap considerably to the front two with two to go, they saw us and responded.
Joe responded as well and passed me back on the start / finish straight. At that point I just didn't have the power to keep right on his wheel. I rode that last lap hard and stayed within a second or two but just didn't have enough.
Thanks for reading and thanks to Philly Ciclismo for a great race!