At the start line (and miraculously on time and at the front) Thom, Mike K, Belov, Jay, Kyle, Gordan and Josh. Facing us was 9 x 1.5 mile laps with a 1 minute climb at the end of every lap and a field of 75.
The plan going into the race was to ride for Belov to win and try to get Mike K into the top 10. We knew NCVC had a VERY strong new guy in the race so the plan was for Belov to go with him in any break and then we’d revert to our Hains Point-honed leadout if the break came back.
The race started well. Kyle and Josh rode on the front with Gordan and Thom in support and the others in the top 15. At the end of lap one Josh dropped his chain on the climb and went backwards. Gordan and Thom went forward to help Kyle as he tired and slipped back. We chased a small attack from ABRT then Thom took a couple of looks around, saw the whole peloton together and all our guys in good position and decided it was time to break things up a little. His brief attack was enough to encourage some other attacks. And on the 3rd lap the expected NCVC move went with about 4 guys and Belov bridging quickly.
The attack stayed away for a couple of laps with others trying to join and those teams represented in the break patrolling the front. At some point the NCVC guy decided it was time and rode away from the rest of the break. The break started to struggle and we were catching people as they fell off. Josh put in a hard effort to get back to the front and brought back the remaining break, with the NCVC guy long gone we were racing for second.
Then, at the end of lap 7, Josh’s hard efforts got the better of him and he crashed going up the climb. He took out a few people including Belov and Mike K. No one was hurt too much, although Josh’s ego might be bruised.
Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth. Rare wisdom from Mike Tyson. That crash was our punch.
Realizing things would not end the way we wanted Thom attacked with another guy and looking back could see Jay in good position in the group. That attacked stayed away till the bottom of the climb on the final lap when it was swallowed up. Thom stopped pedaling. Jay did what he does best and won the bunch sprint to take 2nd and Gordan found the strength to pass people as they flagged an took a very respectable 10th.
So things didn’t go exactly to plan. But we still took 2nd and 10th.
Jeff Cup in 2 weeks.
Results: 2013 Black Hills