Sunday was the second race in the Orrville Series and the last. The course was the exact same just in reverse as the previous week. This course was definitely not mine with lots of straights and road, seemed as even more than last week. Two sets of doubles, two long road sections, and a couple of "S" off-cambers lead to a fast first lap. I had a good warmup with 2-3 laps of the course and about 10 quality minutes on the trainer. Picked my gear after two starts and got the inside line, the best one. Nate and I went two wide into the corner until I backed off. At about 200m past the start was a sketchy off camber where Nate bit it in front of everyone. I asked, "You OK" then jumped the tape and followed an aggressive attack. Once he saw the crash he jumped at the perfect time. At the first instant I thought he was gone but I rode steady for a while and really cut some time into his lead. It was the second race this I wasn't leading after lap one. I counted about twelve seconds at one point. I caught him on the barricades and knew if it came to the last lap, attack before the barricades. He was so much slower over the barricades. I towed him threw the baseball fields then looked back, shifted down 3 times and hit it. I cranked an attack quite hard and gapped him. He slowly crawled his way back as I recovered. I had him right where I wanted even though my legs weren't going full blow. Right when he was within breathing distance I jumped again and got quite a lead. Repeat once more and through the two to go sign I've got about 20 seconds I'd say. Rode hard through the next half of a lap when I caught a Mtb'er warming up for the "B" race. I yelled frantically, "coming up, coming up!!" She made no attempt to move so put my hands down more on the hoods to hit my brakes hard (we were also going into 180* off camber turn) and hit a bump/log hard and ate it over my handlebars. I hate to blame someone else but I do believe this crash was because of her. I knew what happened but was extremely sore to get up throw my legs over my bicycle. It was about 10ft. from me. I would have used my new move (run on right side of bike, push bike forward, and remount quick on left) I developed in case I have to fix my chain or fall. Well I get up and the gap is back down to about ten seconds but its soon down to five as I take a while to get momentum and the legs back. But soon enough I open it up on the barricades and see one to go. I just ride steady and controlled the last lap as the skies seem to open but then don't. In the end I opened to about ten to twelve seconds and threw up the arms for another victory salute in Orrville.
Julie won the women's race closely followed by Trish Ingram. Greg got outspinted by Nate Loman I hear at the line. Nice job guys. In the A's, Paul looked to put the hurt'n on all until Shawn slowly closed the gap but never got him. PM prevailed in the end, Shawn second, Jeremy G. 3rd, and Tony had an awesome race to finish 4th. NICE! Dad, Bill, and Derek would have topped off the masters but there was no masters. Still Dad 6th overall, B 12th, and D 10th. Matt "Willy" looked awesome but had some awesome wrecks to finish pretty beat up. Nice race John Ehrlinger, too.
HERE are some photos from my flickr.
Today was a day to clean up the chain and bike but also to clean up the self as I got a few sores and aches from these past few weekends of hard racing. One more double this weekend which should be fun. 2 TLE races in one weekend, NICE!! Then maybe a rest weekend or Cap City (juniors maybe) John Bryan State Park. Then State Champs, BH., Boughton, and the racing year is over. Starting to look forward to a whole week off of school and bike.
Then some serious LSD before RATL!! Plan it!!
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