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After spending Thursday night in Hartford, CT, taking the opportunity to split the trip up to VT into two days of travel, I awoke to ~20F drop in temperature and steady rain. At the onset of the week the weather report was favorable, but slowly deteriorated as the week progressed. Team Schwenker, consisting of Kristin, Conor, and Kayla, arrived at the Mountain Green Resort on Killington to steadily decreasing temps and increasing precipitation. We settled in, secured our groceries for the weekend, and proceeded to the race headquarters to register.
Mike and I drove down to Brooklyn to do the 3/4 race at the FBF Classic.
It wasn't very windy, especially in the 3/4 race. The 3/4 race started pretty compactly, everyone sticking together. I got aggressive a little too early, bridging up to a move after 5 laps or so. That was brought back and Wei Chen went. He dangled for a while and I drilled it at one point to try to get across but didn't time things right and just pulled the field into a headwind. As I let up a few guys went off and I looked back to see Mike rolling off the back with a flat.
There was a nice turnout for the first week of the Kreb Series. GAB attendance consisted of Chris, Kris, Karl and, just in time, myself. Chris was the first to animate the race, going hard from the gun. He was joined by Eric Ragot from Kissena not long afterward. They managed to build a little gap while Karl and I patrolled the front of the field. There were several attempts to bridge over the next few laps, and eventually a group of five managed to do so. This group included Chris Z from Kreb, a few other riders, and Karl tagging along.
Textbook bike race. The Lacrosse Omnium is a three day stage race in western Wisconsin with the last day being a 50 mile road race. The course was a long rolling tailwind straight with the start/finish, a curvy downhill, a >1 mile 6% uphill into a crosswind and a headwind back to the finishing straight. After a frustrating race in the criterium the day before I was ready for things to go well.
I almost didn't race. I waited until the last minute to register and when George bailed in the morning I almost followed his lead. For whatever reason, I didn't want to race in the rain which is strange, since I usually do better when the conditions get rough.
4 lap 3/4 SS race in CP. No teammates, but a few friendly faces from Rocky Point cycles and Rob Havemeyer. Since Battenkill was going on, I figured anyone with any decent form would be upstate.
I've been eyeing down the Ronde van Mullica for a couple months now. Its a 10 mile circuit in southeastern New Jersey and, despite the drive, looked like it would suit me pretty well. The course was pretty flat and just exposed enough to get some good wind going.
George and I made the early (but not as early as the spring series) trip into NYC for Grants Tomb this year. It was a cold morning, with some snow leftover from the storm two days earlier and it was questionable as to whether we should even be racing at all. I'd never raced Grant's before, so we rolled around and scoped out the course. Three 90 degree lefts followed by a right and a 180 with some decent elevation change makes for an interesting race.