Friday, May 20, 2005

Wenatche State Omnium Championships

The Wenatche stage race is a bit different than most races. The key hint here is the word "Omnium" in the title. In most other stage races, your time for each stage is added together and the person with the lowest time wins (I'm oversimplifying since there are time bonuses and other stuff). An omnium, on the other hand, is points based. The top 10 or 15 finishing positions (it depends) are awarded points. The person with the most points wins.

The points system can change strategy quite a bit. In a timed event, if a group of racers crosses the finish line together they are all given the same finishing time, with the first few positions being given small time bonuses. This means you can finish a race in a large group and it won't really impact your overall ranking. In an omnnium, every position counts and if you don't have points you don't have a ranking.

Stage 1: 9 mile individual time trial

Nice course with rolling hills. About 23 minutes of suffering gave me a 16th result. 0 points.

Stage 2: 30 minute criterium

Was going well until the last half of the last lap when there was a crash in front of me and I barely missed going over the bars myself. 0 points.

Stage 3: Road race

I love the road race at Wenatche for its epic climb. I've been climbing well lately so I was hoping for a good result. The race started with a loop on the time trial course, giving us a nice warmup and then headed into the mountains for a 12 mile climb. The climb quickly shredded the field and by the midpoint I found myself among a select few at the front chasing down an early breakaway.

We caught the break at the summit and started the long descent. Of course, on queue it started to rain immediately as we started descending. Flying down twisty, wet mountain roads at 50mph was one of the scarier descent I have done, but we made it down in one piece for a flat run to the finish line. There were only a handful of us at the front for the run in to the finish and I ended up with an 8th place finish, giving me enough points for a 13th place overall result.

The crit and TT could have gone better, but I was really happy with my performance in the road race. If I had a better sprint I probably could have picked up a few more positions. Oh well.. pics can be found here.


At 1:27 PM, Blogger Jim Carson said...

As always, I enjoy your writeups.
Are most of the photos taken by the team or your spouse?

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Doug W said...

Actually, neither (for the most part). There are several people who take photos at the events and post them online. I usually just grab their pictures and give them credit. In particular, has a lot of good shots.


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