Monday, April 06, 2009
Hillsboro-Roubaix 2009 & the Nature Valley Grand Prix Pro Ride
I'd be hard pressed to do as good a job writing up this race as Kristen Wentworth. She's nailed it. I didn't know about the vehicle interference at the conclusion. That's too bad. This is a good course and could be a great race with some modifications and extra support.
This year was my second go and I was bitterly disappointed to get the flat. Last year I had chased for nearly an entire lap before catching the break only to be too blown to finish well. This year, I had conserved and was so ready to power up that final climb and give the women a real run for their money I could hardly wait.
When I felt my tire begin to go soft, I tried denial at first.... Oh, surely it's just the road, you know, like soft tar. Ha! Too cold for that and I wouldn't ride in it anyway. Sigh. When Rebecca Much (Webcor) said, "You gotta flat," I knew I had to accept the reality. I waved my hand to let the wheel man know I needed him NOW. Seemed like the change took forever and I knew the chances of regaining my group were slim to none, though I gave it my best effort. The head wind sections were simply too much to overcome in the amount of race left. Read Kristen's account...
The NVGP Pro Ride is a wonderful opportunity to give one the the most prestigious races in the United States a go along with some of the best amateur riders in the nation. Rest assured, I'll be doing my very best to represent.
:) Read more about the Pro Ride.