Saturday, June 20, 2009

Waterloo Criterium (TOAD day 2)

Yesterday was the second day of Tour of America's Dairyland and it was a crit near the Trek factory in Waterloo, WI. The course was a 1.6 mile loop with some tight corners and a small hill and a long finishing straight. The race was fast and furious the whole time with a lot of attacks and a 29mph average speed. With about 30 minutes left to race the skies opened up and the course got slickened with rain causing a few crashes. There was a 2 man break up the road and Dan went to the front and reeled it in then Greg, Dan and I went into the last lap well positioned near the front. Chris moved up and then crashed in the second corner but Greg, Dan and I were still in the top 10 going into the hill. Greg attacked but got caught before the finishing straight he was the best finisher in 11th. I blew up in the sprint and got 20th and Dan was 19th. Andy and Vince were right behind us in 21 and 22. Ryan K arrived today and we are hoping we can put together a really good team race. We were on the cusp of it yesterday but should have communicated more in the last few laps. Today is the Grafton Criterium and looks like a good course and good weather. We had a great recovery spin along the Milwaukee lake front today. We watched some volley ball and saw some huge sailboats come in and out of the harbor. Our host Mark has also been awesome.