Saturday, May 15, 2004

Mutual of Enumclaw Stage 2

The second race of the day was a criterium format. Criteriums are races run on small courses, usually having at least 4 corners and about 1 mile long. The small circuit size makes for fast, close racing and is great for spectators.

Today's event was a 30 minute race on a .9 mile figure 8 circuit in downtown Enumclaw (see course map below). As I sat at home killing time before the event, I noticed everything get darker. It looked like it was going to rain. Sure enough, I pull up weather.com, see and think, oh shit.

When it came time to race the situation hadn't changed much. A light drizzle and a soaking wet course. Criteriums are hairy to begin with. Throw a wet road that happens to have several metal plates and plenty of paint stripes and you've got a recipe for disaster. This didn't stop the pack from setting a furious pace. On the opening laps we were coming close to 30 mph on the straights and flying through the nice wide corners. I managed to hang on to the lead pack for a bit, but the field started to string out and I ultimately finished in the second group back. No crashes, I didn't get lapped and finished in a respectable position. All in all, a good day.

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