Here is a video of the Pro men’s start.
Lead group a few miles into the 2011 Iceman.
Not bad company though, with a world champ in group. With about 10k to go Troy Wells came back to our group as well. I was a bit frustrated as the legs were good and was out of contention due to positioning. Although one of the highlights of the day was yelling “C’MON SWISS” to a World Champ as I encouraged him to get on my wheel after a bad line through a sand pit! We were smiling.
I waited for the climbs to start toward the end of the race and as soon as we hit “The Wall”, which kicks off a series of climbs till the end of the race, I attacked hard at the front. Matt Shriver and Christian Tanguy were able to follow and we had a gap. Shriver came around to pull and threw an elbow for me to pull through soon after but I was timid. This was a bad move on my part, Wells, Fluckiger, and Isaac Neff came back to us.
It was at this point that I saw the lead group just around the corner, I couldn’t believe it! We were reeling them back in and I told Shriver we gotta go! Not sure if the group understood me in the midst of the heart pounding, but I pushed it up the climbs hard and Shriver/Wells pulled along the flats.
Coming into the venue area I was set to win the sprint for the chase group with Wells, Matthias Fluckiger, Christian Tanguy, and Matt Shriver. It was not to be though, Wells bobbled on a downhill dropping his chain right in front of my bike. Brought to a full stop I watched while everyone else glided away, a gap had opened I HAD to close. Brought it back just as the attacks started and that was game over…was fighting for 8th but rode in solo settling for 11th.
There are Great, Good, and Sub-Par results, this was edging into the last category. The field was tough, so in hindsight I am happy.
Last year I was physically and tactically unprepared, this year just tactically, next year I will put them both together and hopefully be fighting it out in the front. Full Results Quite the field!
So now that it is the Off-Season we get to watch all the CX crazies suffer. Been following Cyclingdirt for U.S. racing, screaming at my computer screen for Matter and Schouten representing the Mid-West. Also, been following the Superprestige and World Cups.
Controversy on this one this past week with Sven Nys and Pauwels.
Question of the day:
What do you think, should Nys have been relegated?
Answer in the comments section below or found here.
Stay tuned for plenty of 2012 announcements and training preparations.