Lots of Wildcards in this race. I was hoping to be able to help out some others as I already had enough points to upgrade to cat 3. The race started innocuously enough. Jeff made a few attempts to break away in the first lap, and I blocked for a little bit, but nothing stuck. After a few attacks in the town section halway through the race, the field slowed to a crawl. At some point, a couple riders went off the front and the pace picked back up.
First race of the year for me was the Marian University Criterium in Indianapolis on 4/19. The course was very long, with long straights, some elevation change, and a short technical section through campus. The course was reversed from the previous year, so the technical section was uphil and near the start of the lap, while there was a fairly sharp corner 200m from the finish. Due to the length of the course the race was only 5 laps long.
First lap started easy, I was in the middle of the pack during the roll out and stayed around there for quite a while. We didn't have a moto judge so the field tended to take up the whole road, no real regard for the centerline rule during the whole race. I started trying to move up midway through the lap, the group was pretty bunched which made it a little difficult to find space but I got to the front third after a while. The run in back to town was faster but still, nothing too hard.
This was a 62 mile gravel race in Hastings, Michigan. The course was mostly hard-pack dirt roads with many short stretches of pavement. The conditions on race day were mostly frozen but it had rained the night before so the low areas were muddy.
My Cx season this year started off with a Pro Clinic by Tim Johnson. Aaron Lael and I went. It was an all day clinic that focused on the fundamentals. Not exactly what I was expecting, but it was useful to break everything down and really think about what you were doing. From there the season varied from 95 and sunny to 10 and snowy.