Springbank Road Race Preview
First Race: The Re-due
@crowaan That one doesn’t count. I call that a non-race. Hit the reset button
— Jamie Smith (@MobilePA) April 3, 2015
After the fiasco that was my first race, I was anxious to get back on the metaphorical horse and give it another go. Unfortunately, O-Cup #2, the Calabogie Classic, was out of the question due to the travel distance. So I have been patiently waiting, for about a month now, for next chance to jump into a mass start, road race.
Sure, I could have done Paris to Ancaster last weekend, but that wouldn’t have counted. Plus my ride last Sunday almost brought up those bad memories of that awful race.
This weekend is my chance to give it another go. Have a due over for my first race at the Springbank Road Race in London, Ontario for O-Cup #3. And things are looking good.
I learned my lesson from the Good Friday Road Race: make sure you are lined up with your category. Plus the Master 3s are starting before us anyways. So all mix ups should be avoid and I will be able to start cleanly with the Elite 4s. And hopefully finish with them as well.
The course for the Springbank RR also looks pretty favorable. 18 laps of a 2.2km circuit that does not feature any significant change in elevation is right up my alley. In a group we should be able to fly through those 40kms in no time. The course is pretty narrow in some parts so good positioning leading into the corners will be important, particularly onto the back stretch. So I am going to try my best to get near to the front of the group and stay up there.
Having a month to wait between races has been a blessing in disguise because it has given me the opportunity to improve on my group riding skills and confidence. I have had a couple opportunities to get out on some group rides with the Barrie Cycling Club and I have to say that I am feeling pretty good about my ability to ride in a group.
But how will I handle being boxed in? And what about my cornering in a group at high speeds? Two things social group rides don’t really help you work on.
Finally, I feel pretty good about my fitness. I don’t have anything to compare it to but compared to how I have previously felt, I think I am going good right now. I definitely did not train as well as I could have this past month. A week of crappy weather kept me indoors (again I need to HTFU) and I still remain unable (or unwilling) to fix my diet. But I think I have what it takes to finish the Springbank Road Race with the group.
So wish me luck as I go for my first race re-due this Sunday at the Springbank Road Race. And if you are at the race come and say “hi,” I think I’ll be hanging around a while after my race is done. Fingers crossed that everything goes to plan.