This weekend's race was my first road race in the US and
incidentally a UCI race as well.
The race was the Tour of Battenkill which was only one day but was 200
kilometers(124miles) which was 30% dirt.
I was pretty nervous for this race because it was the first race with my
new team Holowesko Partners and I was hoping not to make a fool of myself.
When race day came it was raining and cold which just added
to the my anxiety for the race.
Not only was this race 200k long with some serious competition but it
was going to be nasty out. Road
racing is a completely different game than mountain biking when it comes to
weather. A mountain bike race is
typically an hour and forty-five minutes long and you choose what you are going
to wear right before the race and just go. The temperature usually doesnít fluctuate too much in that
In this race we were going
to be out for a lot longer than a mountain bike race and dressing right is key
to having a good day and performing well.
With help from the other guys on the team I dressed in what I thought
would be best for the chilly day.
I wasnít anticipating how cold it got at 100k. It was so cold that I was shivering and my toes and fingers
were numb. My teammates hands were
so cold that we were pulling food out of each others pockets because we
couldnít reach back and pull out bars ourselves.
Adding to the fun was the dirt sections, on the first lap when it was really
raining hard the mud section was like a mountain bike race. Everyone was covered from head to toe
with mud and by just looking at pictures most would assume it was a cross
race. Luckily, it stopped raining
and warmed up a bit making the rest of the race a lot more enjoyable.
As far as the results go, my teammate Caleb Fairly won the
race after riding solo for about 10 km-AWESOME. I finished in the pack about three minutes down from the
winner, a result that Iím really happy with considering how nervous I was for
the race. To give a perspective on
how difficult the day was only 59 out of 169 finished and the pack finished 20
minutes faster than last years winner and the weather was much worse this
Now Iím getting ready for my trip to Europe where Iíll
compete in both mountain bike and road events. My first race is going to be Houffalize World Cup in
Belgium. Last year I had a lot of
mechanicals at this race and didnít have the best result but it was my favorite
race of last year and Iím excited to go back. Despite the bad result the crowds that come out for the this
race are tremendous and cheer for everyone.
Right before Europe Iím heading
down to Albequerque, New Mexico for the Road Runner classic. It is a road race that I was
signed up for last minute and will be a quick in and out trip. The promoter is doing a lot to
make this race a success in its first year and it sounds like it is going to be
a good event.
Next update will be from
Europe-wish me luck.