Herbelin de Belfort on a bike by Humbert during the Tour de France. These were the times when cycling was for men who found the time during the race to eat a proper meal and consume their drug of choice, good wine, together.
Bunny Hop 2012 Race
I set off at o-dark 5:30am to head over to Suitland, MD for my second road race. I felt good, got in a good warm up and was ready to roll. The whistle blew and I got off to a good start, made a jump to be the first into the turn to avoid any race jitters that might cause a wreck in the pack. Made it through safe and felt good, made about five more cranks and I drop my chain, I try to slow peddle it back on and almost get it when it gets stuck. I pull off to the right before the second turn, jump off, put it back on and get back underway. I think to myself, “great” and a few other explicative phrases. I figured I mind as well get a good workout in so I gave it my best effort, managed to pass some guys, but never caught the pack and by the last lap it caught me. I still finished so I get credit, but it stunk. You can not out exercise a bad diet and you can not win a race against a mechanical, that is unless apparently you are Bradley Wiggins and have a support car right behind you to help you. Better luck next time.
Fellow ABRT Devon had a good finish in the Cat 5 race which was cool, other team mate Ted Harris had a good race and friend Mike Brown won his race, nice work guys!
I did take some pictures of a few races, not my best because the light was not good and I had the wrong lens with me, but still some decent shots for your viewing enjoyment.
Follow up with More Carl Dolan Race Pictures
This is a follow up to my original Carl Dolan 2012 Race post with a few more race pictures that turned out decent. Click on the pictures for a larger view.
My First Road Bike Race
In line with my goal to do some bike races this year and try and get my Cat 4 status in 2012, I raced by first race at the Carl Dolan event. Boy what a difference racing is then group rides…lol. All and all it was fun. A good friend told me it’s all about positioning and isn’t that the truth. We had a major wreck coming up the last hill before the finish and my “good positioning” turned into the worst position. By the time things got sorted out I found myself behind some riders who were slower, but no way around. That put me 17th for the finish. I’m glad I managed to finish on two wheels and it was god to get the first race under by belt. Next one is the Bunny Hop coming up in the beginning of May, I’m looking forward to it.
Carl Dolan Race Pictures
Here are some pictures from the races after mine that I took. You can click on the images to make them larger. If you see yourself in any of them and want a copy of the high resolution version email me at Brandon at BrandonCWhite.com.