|Broken frame, same crit only last year.|
The above photo is from last year at the same crit that this post is about. Needless to say, I wasn't too excited about doing this crit again this year.
To be fair, last year's crash was just one of those things that sometimes happens when you're racing.
Still, it was a bitter pill. Last year the MOBAR Championship was a close race between Justin M. and me. He had attacked and slipped away solo in the race. He ended up winning in fact. I tried several times to slip away as well, but I was heavily covered and forced to sprint.
I was in the top several racers coming into the last corner. Someone clipped a pedal and set off a chain reaction of crashes. I suddenly found myself on the pavement. Not only did I not place, but my expensive bike frame was destroyed.
The top tube was cracked all the way through. A swift kick removed the cracked tube entirely. I was able to replace the frame, rear derailleur, and handlebar tape for about a thousand dollars. I shouldn't complain too much. Retail cost for these items is over $3,000.
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This race was won by Brad Huff. Professional rider for Jelly Belly. He, Nick Coil and Adam Miller successfully broke away from the pack and finished in that order.
I was very nervous about this course because of recent crashes this year plus crashing on this same course last year. So I ended up hanging in the back.
Late in the race I did make one hard effort to break-a-way, but the pack reeled me in quickly. This course has so many turns that it is hard to keep your speed and power up. The turns come too quickly. I was able to finally escape and finish 4th. I was pretty happy with that. I most certainly didn't want to sprint for a place.