Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Weekend in Cycling

The Spring Classics continued this weekend with the Amstel Gold race in Holland. The French were happy because it was won by a Belgian with a French name - which is as close as the French can come to having a winner of their own - Philippe Gilbert. 

Many local riders were in Columbus, Indiana yesterday for the Cereland Classic. Unfortunately, the Cat 4 race was marred by a crash, in which a couple of my teammates, including a close friend, were injured (though not very seriously). These things happen, of course, but they seem to be happening with greater frequency and severity in recent years, which is why I will not race.Aside from the crash, several friends and teammates including Coach Bob and Jason finished well up in the Cat 3s.  

Today, there was more racing at the Mooresville Crit. Coach Bob and one of his teammates from Team CFW, finished 5th and 6th, respectively.

Personally, I rode a very hard 40 miles yesterday with a small group (until I abandoned them to ride back on my own) into a very strong northerly wind of 20-25 mph. Riding home was a lot easier than heading out north, but I still worked pretty hard on the homeward leg. Today, I rode with a somewhat larger but very cooperative group on an "EASY" 50-miler. Thanks to Aaron and Wayde for calling the ride. 

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