State Crit 2011 : Team Aggress!

State Crit 2011

Did the State Crit.  First 10 minutes was nice; remaining 30 minutes was a decent into discomfort as the rain gradually turned to sleet.  Combined peloton had perhaps 15 guys.  The course was quite nice; new pavement, wide streets, 53 ft of elev gain per lap.  First lap was routine, rode in position 4.  Lap 2 half the peloton sprinted up the hill and all of a sudden I was in position 8 or 9.  I felt like it was a bit much, too soon, and might burn me if I tried to hang, so I let them go.  I started working with a 60+ Summit Velo rider and kept my HR just under threshold on the laps I pulled. We alternated pulls each lap.  With 3 laps to go we passed a couple of burnouts from the lap 2 sprint and kept rolling.  With 2 laps to go we were perhaps 300m back from the main group of half a dozen.  With 1 lap to go we were maybe 50m back and it was my pull so I drew close enough to be in the draught but tried to avoid being noticed.  Approaching the final turn I actually dropped back a little and then accelerated to the outside for the final turn, passed all of them in the turn, and then sprinted the remaining 100m to the line.  As I looked up after crossing the line I could see a 2 man break that had already crossed the line perhaps 5-7 seconds ahead of me and unfortunately one of them was in my group (William Hydinger), so I ended up 2nd.  Nevertheless, it was a good training event for me and I was able to keep my HR just below threshold pretty much the whole time I was pulling.


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    Aggress is a Tucson-based statewide / regional cycling team formed in January, 2004.
    As a developmental team for both road and mountain bike racing, Aggress continues to actively – yet carefully – recruit according to a philosophy that emphasizes teamwork in both training and racing tactics.
    Our focus is to race as a team, utilizing team tactics to get our man the win. We ride in support of our designated racer, with each member in turn supported in the key event(s) of his choosing.
    We are aggressive when we race, but we behave in a courteous and sportsmanlike manner at all times. We also have team training rides that we utilize throughout the season.