Todays race was actually more fun than I expected. It was almost like a crit. Everyone was riding crazy and the first 35 miles were super fast. Lots of hills and heavy wind would describe the conditions. SKC looked to be the team to beat since they had some fast times in the tt and fielded 7 riders but their GC guy Andrew...who is crazy fast broke a spoke and didn't make it back up to the group. I figured one of the skc guys would give Andrew their wheel and another could get him back up to us but I never saw him until a few minutes after the finish.
I got in a few break-aways in the beginning and nothing was really sticking, just like yesterday, if any of the GC leaders weren't there, they were pulling back the group.
Later, a group of 7 riders got off the front, all were high up in the GC and no one was willing to work to get them back except a big BMC rider from Arkansas who I recognized from last year.
Alex from SKC did some good work, he was always working for his team and getting to the front to pull when others tried to excape...some of the undiscovered riders didn't like it but that is racing...Fun!
I worked really hard going into the last 10 miles...basically a rider was running his mouth, telling Alex (a minor) that he was going to punch him in the face for bringing back one of his teammates.
Me, Alex, and a 360 guy started working extra hard and soon we were all back together.
47 guys started, 7 got off the front, and probably 10 of us were left chasing.
As we crossed the dam I could feel my legs burning and I decided to attack before the final climb...I had lots of momentum going up the hill but half way up my legs became locked and would not let me pedal further, so I was passed.
I have the next two weekends off so expect some good 9:00am sat. morning rides and crazy bike sales at the bike shop.