Yesterday I raced in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Dilworth Criterium. This was a much bigger event than the previous weekend in Tennessee. It included three different criterium races over Saturday and Sunday, but I was only able to race the first event at Dilworth. The image below shows yesterday’s course. As you can see there are two tight turns. The first turn was on Myrtle Avenue after the climb so the speeds are a bit slower. The second turn was at Dilworth Road West at the bottom of a fast descent that had numerous man-hole covers to really make it a sketchy turn. The loop finished with a climb up Romany Road to the start/finish line.
Race: 6 Hours of Warrior Creek
Where: W. Scott Kerr Reservoir Trails
Stats: 6 Hours, 31 Minutes, 26 Seconds and 2,139 meters of climbing
Weather forecast: Beautiful!
Results: 7th, Men’s Open
Bici: Cannondale F29er Carbon
Way back in October 2013, I signed up for the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek, Solo Male Open race at the W. Scott Kerr Trails near Wilkesboro. April 5, 2014 was finally here.
With the family out of town, I made the easy decision to head to the Warrior Creek Campground near Wilkesboro on Friday to camp with teammate Mark Stover. After setting up camp we made an easy lap of the Warrior Creek trails, having never done them before. My first impressions were that the course had quite a bit of elevation change, especially over six hours. I was trying to ride pretty easy, which makes efforts amplified in terms of difficulty. The berms were also going to be a bit of a challenge for all day tomorrow, especially at the beginning if I was holding a bunch of one-lap-and-done effort mountain bikers, with good skills.
We prepped the campsite, made some steak, and settled in for a thankfully dry, clear, and surprisingly cold night.
Yesterday, I traveled to Piney Flats, Tennessee to race my bike at the Milligan College Cycling Classic Road Race. This race was a 22 mile course and my race was two laps and totaled 44 miles. It was a rolling course with two decent climbs, large hills, and a few other small steep hills thrown in the mix (Here is the Strava link showing the course and my race). Additionally, my race was a combined field of categories 4 and 5 with a total of 21 riders in the race. The race began with a moderate to fast pace thanks, in part, to me since I was on the front pushing the speed. My goal was to get the pack going fast to shed the cat 5 riders and anyone else that couldn’t climb. Continue reading