Race Report: Superior Morgul Crit Race Report
Location: Superior, CO (very close to Flatirons Mall)
Course: A 0.85 mile “L” shaped course with an uphill finish and about 50’ of elevation gain per lap. The 45+ Cat 4’s ride for 45 minutes.
Temp: Comfortable, (50F at start)
Clothing: Team kit including Pearl Izumi knee warmers, arm warmers (rolled down after a few laps).
Bike: Specialized S-Works Tarmac
Once again I tested to correlation of sleep quality to race performance and came out on top. The 45+ Cat_4’s were scheduled for a 7:55 am start time. My plan was to leave the Fort at 6 am, arrive by 7 am and have 30 minutes or so after registering to warm up. The drive went as planned, the volunteers were great and registration went smoothly but I still managed to chew up any spare time I had pinning numbers, finding clothing etc. and ended up with about 15 minutes to warm-up.
The races were running a little behind schedule so we didn’t start until about 8:05 am. Immediately the announcer announced that the 2nd lap would be a prem. There went any hope of an easy start to the race to continue my warm-up. It was an unrealistic expectation anyway. My plan was to conserve as much as possible for Sunday’s Road Race so I tried to not get too caught up in the prem’s. That said I did go after one (I think it was the second) and got the prem but after that decided I’d stick to my original plan.
There were a lot of prem’s (6) which kept things interesting. For the 45+_4’s all prem’s were merchandise. The sprints were pretty safe as the straight-away up to the start/finish line was wide leaving plenty of room to carry speed through the downhill corner before hitting the straight-away.
I don’t know if others were riding conservatively to save themselves for the road race tomorrow or if we just had a much better behaved group of riders but everyone seemed to hold their lines well through the corners and the race went without incident for 19 laps. Then on the final lap the guy in front of me clipped a pedal in a corner and pitched his bike sideways. Somehow he managed to keep it upright and I managed to avoid him (he by far had the tougher job). We dropped down into the final corner for the sprint to the line. It’s probably 1000’ from the final corner to the finish. I had good line into the corner and decided I wasn’t going to wait for someone else to jump. I went hard and got a gap on the group. Now all I had to do was hold on to the line. 800 feet on a grade that continues to increase turned out to be a long way. It looked a lot shorter when I first sprinted out of the corner. Anyway, I was able to hang on and take 1st.