This is my Men's Masters Criterium National Championship video. The race was held at Jeffersonville, Indiana on August 7, 2010.
The best part is........ that I WON!!!! I Won a friggin' National Championship!!!! I'm a National Champion forevermore! It's in the record books Dude!
Now, I know there are plenty of people who would say, "Big deal, you beat a bunch of 40 year-olds at some bike race". Well, that's true, but that same kind of attitude can be applied to all achievements. For example, "You climbed Mt. Everest? Big deal, all you had to do was go up an incline." Or, "You walked on the moon? Big deal, try Mars, now, that would be impressive." Some people think this way.
For me, this National Championship win, was my crowning achievement for my entire career of racing bicycles. It was something that was very difficult to achieve and many others would like to do the same. I've had friends tell me that if they won a National Jersey, they would "sleep in it", and have "sex with it". It means that much and it's that good.
So here's my cliff notes from the race. First I must give a shout out to my friends Bob Cummings and Maurice Hessel. They both treated me like a true team-mate even though we aren't officially (it's not uncommon for local competitors to become allies while abroad). Both Bob and his wife treated me like family and offered me shelter and great company during the "off-times". Maurice played a key role in giving me critical information during the race.
Critical indeed, for most of the race I was hanging in the back (as per usual for me). Maurice let me know what's up from the side-lines. Actually, at one point I thought my race was all but over. About half-way into the race, a break-a-way of several riders had gained over 24 seconds on the field. Maurice's split times eventually told me another story. The gap was closing; the break-a-way was going to get caught. Game back on!!!!! And the rest was timing and pure effort on my part. It is well documented in the video above.
In my video, I should point out that at minute 2:34, I came up quickly on a group of riders while I am trying to bridge up to the winning break-a-way. These are lapped riders! At first it freaked me out. I had to be patient and wait to pass (@3:05) because of a series of turns. This allowed my chasers to reattach, but I went again. To some degree the lapped riders helped to slow my chasers, but not much.
I caught the lead break-a-way at minute 4:05 (in this video) and attacked at minute 4:21 and took Dan Martin with me. The peloton was closing on the break-a-way as we went.
According to my video time-line from my raw footage: At 63minutes and 45seconds Dan Martin and I took off from the break-a-way group with about 4 laps to go. We finished about 5 minutes and 30 seconds later with a gap of ...around 7 seconds. The race lasted approximately 69minutes and 19seconds. (I'm glad I have this on video).
Speaking of video: I wanted to show the entire last nine minutes, but the YouTube limit for video size is 2GB (and I'm right there). So I removed about one minute of me and Dan Martin during our final effort.
I should also mention that the music in my video is "Plastic Flashing Lights" by Professor Kliq and the last song is "Roller Coaster" by JCRZ. I have aquired licenses that allows me to legally use both tunes for my videos. (I don't want to anger "the man".)
The below image is a graph of my watt/speed from my SRM data (1% smoothing). As you can see, the race average speed was 27.47mph with an average of 272.4 watts. The last nine minutes I averaged 28.42 mph and 368 watts with a peak of 1262 watts and 35.7mph max speed (with some cross wind). The course was approximately one kilometer long. My data indicates that we raced for 50.81km for a total of 1hour and 58seconds or so.
The image below shows my forward mounting system.
Wait a second..... did I mention that the race was close. I mean REALLY close. Check the below pictures and you'll see just how close.
Interestingly, I thought I had lost the National Road Race Championship by about this same distance last year.
Oh, and here's a nice article written by Tom Carbone for the Missourian about my National Championship achievement.
And other nice article written by Joe Walljasper for the Columbia Daily Tribune.
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