This was definitely one of my top races and a “must race” for anyone who likes punchy climbs again, and again, and again. It was a combined field of 35 and 45+, similar to the Pro races, the field fragmented by the first few laps in our case getting down to 7 or so in the break which later came down to 4. People who know what they are talking about say you need to animate the race. I went in with a definite plan this time, to keep on constant pressure and at 4 laps out really hammer the climbs to wear out any sprinters. I also knew the final move really started on the lap 2 to go last climb where we would shake off any final few and get into a good position. I came in 4th overall and 2nd in the 45+ Cats 1-4.
The Pro races were very similar, the women’s top 8 were defined already by the 6th lap, the men’s almost seemed similar but was brought back roughly ¾ into the race before the final blow up with L39ION taking the win in the women’s and Best Buddies for the men’s.