The Tetherow Prologue of the 2012 Cascade Cycling Classic was a real killer. Different than the previous years, the course was a buttery smooth 2.8 mile partial loop that started with a screaming minute and half downhill. The course contained a few technical corners and rolled and twisted back up to the finish line.
With a number of solid climbers and a lack of a prologue specialist, my
Primal/MapMyRIDE teammates and I were all looking to stay as close as possible to the other GC riders. For me, coming back from an off-the-bike injury, the race was going to be the first real test of my knee’s recovery and my fitness.
Rolling around before the race it was great to see friends after being away for a number of weeks. As most prologues seem to go, the race was over before I could settle into a good rhythm and I finished feeling as though my lungs were on fire. The familiar “track hack” set in shortly afterward. We finished with three riders in the top thirty, well within a manageable time gap for tomorrow’s hilly stage. London bound Kristen Armstrong walked away with a solid win on the day. We are looking forward to seeing how the GC shakes out in tomorrow’s long hilly stage.