This is quite possibly the best race report and video for 7th place finish we’ve ever published. Sean‘s report of the last lap of his Race Avenue Crit.
2017 Race Avenue – Men’s Masters 45+ last lap
I did an attack on the backside of the course about 90 seconds from the finish. Got up to 40mph vs about 31mph for the pack. I had swung far right to the curb after corner 2 and was alone with the rest of the pack on the usual left side of the wide residential road. I waited a few seconds hoping to get eyes off of me. Then stayed seated and tried not to show the 1000w effort to accelerate to avoid followers.
There had been a guy solo off the front and out of sight for most of the race. We all assumed we were racing for 2nd place. Once I fly through corners 3 and 4 I can see the leader. OMG he is right in front of me. I had not seen him in half an hour. I thought I was doing a late race attack for 2nd place and now I actually had a shot at the win.
From the final corner to the line was 45 looooooooooong seconds. I averaged 600w but only about 24mph. 2% grade and slight headwind and I had already done a big effort on the backside to get 5 seconds on the pack.
The pack did 31mph up the final straight. The Masters 45+ pack was the fastest from the final corner to the line of all races all day long according to Strava. I saw the winner and tasted blood. They saw BOTH the winner and me and tasted blood and flew hard.
I am unable to catch the winner and neither is the pack but it was very close. They caught me 2 seconds from the line and were within a bike length of the winner at the line. Only 5 guys from the charge got by me though so I ended up in 7th. I missed 2nd place by 2 seconds.
I had spoken to my coach a couple days before the race and said I was not confident yet racing in the Masters Open against Cat 1s. I said I might try to aim for making the payout and maybe a podium spot if I time it right instead of racing for the win. It is much safer to race for a Top 10.
His response …. You always race for the win.