Thursday, June 21, 2012

HongCheon Race weekend 홍천 대회

Last weekend I did two races in the same weekend.  Saturday was a road race and Sunday was a mountain bike race and both of them went pretty well. 

Saturday I signed up for the Senior men MTB road division for the 40km road race.  The course looked pretty good for me with one 2km long hill coming with about 5km left to race.  The race was a little bit strange though as they basically let everyone start at the same time.  So there ended up being a pretty big pack with about half the people riding road bikes and half on mountain bikes!  Within the first 10km my friend Brad (who was in the road bike division got off the front).  I thought it might be a good idea to try to go with him but I was worried about blowing up like I did in the last weeks race.  So I hesistated and he ended up getting about a 45 second lead on our pack.  Brad's team Stork had almost 20% of the field and the rest of the teams only had one or two guys so nobody was really chasing.  
We got to the hill and Brad still had a gap but people started attacking right at the bottom.   I tried my best to stay with the leaders which proved to be a mistake as I blew up really hard like last week and could barely get over the hill.  After the top I got with a group and road into the finish to finish 3rd in my age group.  I won 40kg of HongCheon County rice for my 3rd place (not a bad prize if you ask me). 

Sunday was a mountain bike race and I promised myself that I would ride a moderate pace and try my best not to enter the red zone (which had caused me to blow up and not finish well the last two weekends).  The mountain bike race had a lot of good racers in it this year and they changed the course slightly compared to the won which I won overall here last year.  The start was fast and the first 6 or so Km were on a gradual up hill up to a country club.  On the climb a group of 5 attacked off the front but I stayed true to my strategy and just sat in the pack.  When the road turned to dirt and got steeper I was able to seperate myself from the main pack.  I ended up riding in around 4th place overall with 3 other people one of which was from my age group.  We went back and forth the whole race and going into the last climb I had created a small gap on the downhill.  However, it wasn't enough and he soon caught me.  The last climb was smooth and gradual but his pace was just too much for me to match and I couldn't close the gap on the final downhill.  I ended up 2nd in my age group and 6th overall which I was happy with because I felt like I had ridden well.  My prize for second was a massive amount of raw ginseng.  I really wanted to get first because the prize was fresh Korean beef steaks (which are really expensive) but the ginseng was a good prize too. 

I feel like I'm still recovering from the 100km race a little bit but hopefully I will be totally ready to race next weekend.  They are having races at the F1 race track in Young Am in the south west corner of Korea.  I think the track will suit me and it should be pretty fun to race on a car racing track. 

지난주말에 나 홍천군 에서 대회 두개탔어요.  토요일에 MTB로드 시합있었어요. 
대회시작생각보다 좀달았어요.  싸이클 타는 사람 산악이랑근쳐에서 출발했어서 팩 100명이사 mtb 타는사람이랑 싸이클 타는사람들같이있었어요! 

5키로 탈때 내친구 브레드 어텍했어요.  나 같이 가는생각 좀있었지만 지난대회에서 blow up 했었어요.  그래서 안다다했어요 그냥 큰 언덕 까지 기다리하고했어요.  큰 언덕에서 브레드 아직 앞에있었어요.  언덕 시작할때 앞사람이랑 같이 타봤지만 지난주처럼 몸 안됐어요 30초 잘탔지만 정상 너무 천천희 얼랐어요 ㅠㅠㅠ.  10명정도 피니쉬까지 같이 탔어요.  하지만 내 종목에 3등했어요.  홍천강 쌀 40키로 받았어요! 

산악대회에서 새계획이만들었어요.  지난대회에서 blow up 했어서 내 페이스 끝까지탈거예요 했어요.  시작에서 5명어택했지만나 그냥팩에있었어요.  임도시작할때나 내종목있는 박용수랑있었어요.  우리 마지막 언덕 까지 같있었어요.나 다운힐 조금더 빨리타고있어서 그냥 다다해볼거예요했어요.  하지만 마시막 언덕 에서 못다다했어요! 종목 2등했어요 그리고 전체 6등. 2등상  인삼이얐어요!  홍천대회 찐자 괜찮은 상품 졌어요 일등한우 세트 받고싶었지만 인삼 이랑 쌀도 좋았어요!

이번주말에 대회 없으니까 양지에서 좀탈거예요.  토요일 친구랑 싱글트렉 그리고 일요일에 외국인 싸이클 타는 친구랑 탈거에요.  다음주 영암 F1 경기 신나요!

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