Distance: 22.5 miles (for me)
Result: 29/50 (with a big freaking asterisk)
This week I was fortunate to ride for a little while in what is widely considered one of the classics of the MABRA racing calendar, the 2011 edition of the annual Poolesville Road Race. There are a whole collection of elements that make it a terrific venue -- rolling hills, chicanes, steep pitches, picturesque tree-lined country roads -- but all of that tends to be overshadowed in the lore surrounding the race by the nearly 2 mile stretch of dirt and gravel that transitions out of a ludicrous 90 degree turn tacked onto the bottom of a relatively short but sharp descent.
|The perilous turn, photo credit NCVC|
|Salted with Poolesville dirt.|
On the bright side, I guess, I got to take a few pictures of my own race's finish -- not a good thing but interesting nonetheless. So the guy who won it did so on a break he launched \after lap 1 and which finished thirty miles later with a 45 second gap on the group of 4 or 5 behind him, two of whom were his teammates. He seriously destroyed the field -- not a surprise, really, considering that his time from the Wintergreen Ascent a few weeks ago not only was good enough to take the Cat 5 by nearly a minute and a half, but would have won the Cat 4 race and placed him 2d in the Cat 3s.
|Chris Rabadi (Raw Talent Ranch) decisively takes the win on a lengthy solo break.|
The balance of my team had no better luck at Poolesville than did I. Our rider in the 35+ field flatted out, and a crash, a flat, and a cramp ended the hopes of 3 of our 4 riders in the Cat 4 race. Onward and upward, I guess.