Ride Sally, Cat 4-5 35+was just that I took one look at the teams and how well they were represented and my first though was there will be a break that suvies.75 riders leave the line a few two man breaks go, nothing to worry about as we reeled them in. at lab 7 five got away secured their gap and started their rotation. I sat tight and watched at least 4 riders attempt to bridge and all of them were cracking half way there, the big teams were in the break and not interested in chasing, So now I know what I must do , (Go To IT) surprise hard jump to make sure I don't bring unwanted baggage settle in for a long bridge, crossed with out any problem, settled in with the rotation after about 6 labs the break was self destructing and it was down to me and one other rider, we agreed to wait and try again latter. Some Dum A$$$ ridding from some A$$$ started a chain reaction of bikes falling over( to put it mildly) A rider swerved in to me and pushed me hard right as we entered a left hand turn, I had to ride a 180 in order to stay upright. Now guess what, off the back time to chase 1.5 laps latter back on. grab some rest sitting in as the laps are falling of faster then I can keep up with, it’s time to look alive 6 to go and there it went 3 riders off the front and 3 more starting to bridge, but not with out me I'm on it, we all settled in, all is looking good, but the riders are starting to drop off, its down to me and one other rider two man break and I would not give up. another rider crossed the gap as he went to the front I heard him say “see if he can hold this wheel” as he jacked the pace with only one lap to go both of the riders in the break sat up and motioned me thru, that is when I realized they were trying to drop me. And were not going to the line in a sprint with me, Man only one lap short of a break away finishes the pack absorbed me and I held on with a 23rd out of 75.
Race points I was in 2 break a-ways, had to bridge back to the pack.
How fast 20 miles under 46 min arvg. Speed 26mph