I didn't have very high expectations for this 3-stage omnium. Because of spring break and a business trip, I went into this race weekend over-rested. For the power geeks, my TSB (Training Stress Balance) had gone from -28 to +20 in 14 days. Hill and I drove up to Waco on Friday night, but took advantage of his local connections to have his daughter pick up our race packets, and his mom to give us a place to stay and have breakfast ready. What a treat!
Hill did the 35+ and I opted for the 50+, which raced together with the 40+ guys. The theme of the weekend was short, fast and intense. The TT was just under 3 miles, with 2 180 degree turns, and sharp 90 degree turn at the bottom of a steep hill. We both had decent times, finishing 11 seconds apart and in the middle of our respective fields.
The crit course was fabulous....big sweeping turns, but you could never rest with 8 turns in .6 miles. Hill and I both had good results on Saturday. He placed 5th in the TT and I was tied for 1st place in GC, with a 3rd in the TT and 1st in the crit. Sunday's circuit race was a unique course: a 2 mile loop through Cameron Park. The signature feature was about a 600 meter climb up to the finish. It was about a 90 second grind in the small ring. Both our races played out as expected, with a small bunch fighting up the hill for the top spots. Hill finished in 6th place on Sunday,with a 7th overall in GC. I had my eye on the guy I was tied with the whole race. He led the whole push up the final hill, but I was able to pass him about 15 meters from the line and won the race I got somewhat lucky because I wasn't paying attention to who took the intermediate sprint points and just won the GC by a single point. Lesson learned: sprint for everything!
Fawley put on a great event...it's on the calendar for next year (Hill's mom is expecting us)!
Submitted by Michael Ereli