After a long winter/spring riding in my basement, I was very excited to get to La Crosse and see some sun light and temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. For the La Crosse Omnium, I raced in the Masters 35+ 4/5 category. Since I have done this event before I knew what to expect on Friday nights uphill time trial, 550 feet of climbing over 2.4 miles and lots pain and suffering. I was initially disappointed with my time when they first posted results, but then realized they added 30 seconds onto everyone’s times. Anyhow, my time was just good enough for first place.
My road race was on Saturday afternoon and we would be doing three 13.6 miles loops. We started with about 30 racers, but they only gave us a 1 minute head start before sending off a field of over 50 Cat 5 racers. After a couple miles, they were able to catch us and we soon had a very large field. With this large of a field and a lot of them being unexperienced, I saw some pretty interesting thing. By the last lap on the climb we were back down to a mixed field of about 30. A break of 3 was off the front (I didn’t know if they were I my race or not) and with only a few miles left, me and a few others took off to try to chase them down. We were not able to catch 2 of them (one from my race and one Cat 5), but I was able to win the sprint and ended up in second place.
I sat out Sunday’s Criterium, but had accumulated enough points to hold on to second place overall in the Omnium. Overall it was a great weekend of racing and I look forward to doing it again next year!