18 July 2009 | Race Reports
US National Championships: Race Report
It was bad. It was good. Luckily it never got ugly.
I had a good breakfast, I got a good warm-up, my legs were feeling good, Waldek put a piece of tape that said KYHOOYA (keep your head out of your ass…) on my stem- everything was shaping up for a great race. The gun went off, and I got the hole shot. And then my shifting stopped working. My chain was skipping, and I tried every gear, but whenever I started pedaling hard it would start skipping again. Heather and Willow passed me. Then Katie passed me. Then Mary passed me. Then Pua passed me. I passed Pua on the downhill, but then I dropped my chain on a short climb and I let her by as I ran the rest of the climb.
I came into the tech zone in 6th and told Chris I was having shifting trouble, but I couldn’t really isolate where the problem was coming from- front or rear derailleur. Chris quickly figured out the problem was with my chain (it was in the process of breaking- some fluke thing). He quickly took the chain off and replaced it with a new one, and I was on my way. I was probably somewhere around 15th, but I was able to pick off a big group pretty quickly. There was plenty of passing on the climb, and I was feeling great, but there were already pretty substantial gaps between the riders in the top 10. I moved up steadily and eventually finished 4th.
I was disappointed, sure. I also had great legs and was riding well, so I am happy about that. So I had a fluke mechanical- that stuff just happens- I am just lucky that Chris was able to figure out and fix the problem quickly so I could get back to racing. I’ve got 4 races in a row coming up- 2 world cups and then 2 US Cup races, and I am looking forward to some good races! I’m about due I think…