I have the pleasure of having my own photographer for my races at the POA Cycling Summer Series. My wife’s brother, David, has shown up for nearly every race and sometimes brings his camera. He has a pretty good eye for good shots, so I look forward to what he comes up with. Here are just a few of the shots that help tell the story of the race from July 30, 2009.
One of the best things about being on the POA Cycling Team is that it allows me to race with some guys that I have been riding with for years. Luis is one of the guys in my category that I have ridden with the longest. We go back some time on the Saturday morning Hour of Power rides.
I’ve learned that you need to have some calories in the old tank if you want to have the power toward the end. Taking a gel just before the start allows it to start kicking in during the second half of the race. Now, if I could just figure out how to put extra oxygen in a gel pack…
I got to the line a little late and ended up with nearly 20 riders in front of me as we left the line. There were a good number of teams represented with only a couple of unattached riders. My teammate Sam was one of the three ladies in the race. The ladies and the Juniors were mixed in with us 4’s and 5’s.
The above picture is one of my favorites from the night. You can see Matt coming into the center of the picture. Luis is behind him and to his left. I am coming up on his inside. Between Matt and me you can see Billy in the background. We just needed Sam in there and all of us would have been in this one shot.
That is Jae on the front. He ended up winning the race. Matt is right behind him and he took second. Third in line is Peter. He was in the break for a bit, but ended up sliding back. I don’t know what his finish ended up being, but I know it was in front of me!
Part of the fun of the night was helping to control the front of the chasing field while the break built up a lead. Of course, we were hoping that Matt would be able to take care of himself. This was a pretty hot corner. Later in the Pro 1/2/3 race a GlobalBike rider went in too hot and realized if he tried to hold it, he would take out most of the field.
He straightened up and bunny hopped the curb. The only problem was that there was a water retention area on the other side. He went over the curb, hit a root, and then slid down in the hole. Thankfully, he missed the rocks at the bottom, but his back and knee got pretty skinned up. Wonder how he has been sleeping lately?
If you click on the above image, it will enlarge. If you look closer at me, you can see I am blowing out. I’m trying to pull as much air into my lungs as I can. Unfortunately, this night it was almost as though I had asthma. I just couldn’t seem to get enough air into my lungs. That is why I look like a blow fish.
Speaking of blowing. This is where I blew up. This would be in the last five minutes of the race. I’m trying to hang on. It seemed like every time I thought I might be recovering, it was time to climb that dratted hill again.
Well, I have one more chance at this course this year. I need a new picture. I need one of me coming across the line celebrating a win. That is a picture I like to see in my mind.