Saturday’s Tour de Port was more like the Tour de Olde Towne, starting on High Street, turning north on Crawford Parkway, then bashing down Court Street past all the old homes. I had to leave Ellie’s swim meet a little early to make my Cat 4 race.
This great shot from JB shows Bill G, Tim S and I toward the front early in the race. I felt fairly confident and comfortable in my Cat 4 debut. I attacked on Lap 5 or so and went for an early prime of a Giro helmet. I need a new helmet. Unfortunately Bender from SR Racing joined me and there was no coming around him. The sprint cooked me, so I dropped back.
Tim got away in another breakaway and once I’d recovered I went to front to help Bill and Art block. Their breakaway stuck, so with five laps to go, I went for another prime and won $25 – my first road racing earnings. While 10 guys were up the road in the large breakaway, there were still some Virginia BAR points on the line for Bill, so I came to front again on the bell lap as the group turned onto Court Street to lead him out. The rough stretch of road seemed to last forever, even as I ramped the speed up. I wanted to take Bill around the corner on to High for the finishing straightaway, but I hit a pot hole, which threw me off and he was on his own.
I rolled across well down, not contesting the sprint. We rode with sensors on our bikes, which delivered a lot of speed and positioning data. Not sure I get it all or what value it has, but I guess it’s interesting to look at.
Michele brought the girls over later and Millie raced the kids race. Wish I could spin like this:
She had a blast. Here she is posing after the race.