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Team Bikeman - Race Reports

This time I decided not to pre-ride beforehand and just do a warm up/pre-ride lap. This course is short compared to many other courses and it has remained mainly unchanged from year to year. This is the second year in a row that Windham doesn’t hold a UCI world Cup and you can tell how the interest on this race is fading away due the low turndown. I think most amateur racers don’t like this course since it has lots of double track climbing. On the pro-side, you can still see some good pros swinging by after racing the UCI world Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, so it is still cool to watch.

My warm up/pre-ride was so sketchy, in rained the night before so roots and rocks got pretty slippery. I was a little scared about the course conditions, so I decided I would just race the climbs and hope for the best on the way down.

My cat1 30-39 was combined with the cat1 20-29 and the Open/Pro. I lined up on the second row to let the guys from the Open/Pro field do their race. While lined up I met the Colombian National Team director, Hector, who I could definitely tell was going to fly up the hill. I got a good start and was able to get 3rd position from the whole combined field, and while we were all pedaling standing and rocking the bars side to side, I saw Hector passing all of us, still seated, almost effortless, and that was the last time I saw this guy. He would win my race and was only beaten by the winner of the open/pro. Half the way up the hill, I got passed by guys with better legs. I just kept focusing on keeping the HR and the power up. Now, on the way down, I had so many “ungraceful dismounts”, I even got to joke with the course marshals, “That’s how I usually get off my bike.” Generally speaking I felt good going uphill, and kept it as safe as possible on the way down. I ended up making it to the podium in 3rd place, which was a nice surprise after all that sliding I did almost every single lap. In power/HR/performance terms, it was my best Windham race, so that was a good thing.

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