Cascade Cycling Classic
by Johnathan Freter (Firefighters Cycling)
A brutal 4:30 of sprint, corner, sprint, corner, climb a small bump in the road, and sprint to the line. The best thing that anyone can do for this is get a solid warm-up and have all of the equipment ready to rock.
Meanwhile, back to the real world at the team camp, the one trainer is having a quick rotation of riders trying to get the best warm-up possible. The other teammates nervously double- and triple-check watches so they don’t miss their start times. Somehow, we all get started on time and our 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic has started.
On the books today we have two climbs, one that lasts about 20 miles, and the finishing climb which is about 10 miles long. Since Kennett is the man on the team with the most experience at this race, we are all hanging on his every word at the start of the stage, knowing where we need to be positioned for each part of the stage. He tells us to be at the back to miss all of the crashes on the initial downhill, then to be in the first 20 guys as the road narrows and starts to kick up.
That should be easy, right? One problem: the only view of the roads that we had was via the race map, so apart from trying to stay together in the peloton, we are flying blind.
Finally, we get on the narrow road to start the McKenzie Pass climb and I realize I am a LONG way back and I need to get up. Of course, everyone behind and around me has the same general idea. [Read more...]