I'm not posting anything tomorrow, because I'll be in Washinton D.C. for Passover. But here's something to tide you over. Earlier today was the Tour of the Battenkill Valley. I wrote a report for velonews.com. You can read the story here.
How did my race go? Not well.
My team mate Pete and I raced the cat 3 event. Temperatures were in the 80s. The first 9 miles went great. I stayed at or near the front, led over the first major climb, and was the first to the base of the steep climb on Juniper Swamp road (which meant I didn't have to worry about killing myself to get up it quickly). The dry condition made traction really tough, and I wound up getting off and running, but still going over the top in good position. While flying down the decent I slammed a large rock. A few moments later I realized my rear wheel was flat. Race over.
It took about 5 minutes (felt like 30) for the wheel truck to come along. I got my spare rear wheel out and finished race with an assortment of other dropped riders. Pete, who had been able to sit in with the lead group, got a flat around mile 25. Not the greatest day for BVF. Needless to say, I'm pretty disappointed. I felt like I had great form, and the race was going exactly how I wanted it to for the first few miles. Then it was all over. So it goes. I've already placed my pre-, pre-registration for next year.
Here are some photos:
showing off his bike, but a little disappointed.