A few weeks ago I traveled to Wisconsin with some of the East Hills team to do two Superweek races. Superweek is a three-week series of races in Wisconsin and Illinois. The first day was a typical four corner crit. My plan was to hang out in the field and take it easy until a few laps remained, and then attack and go for the win! A few laps in, my buddy Drew Martin from East Hills Velo got away. Luke Oostindie from East Hills Velo did a great job sitting at the front at an easy pace and the field never was able to get organized and chased. With about 7 laps to go, Drew lapped the field! As soon as I saw him, I got to the front and took a hard pull to see how the field would react. I looked back and had a good gap, so I went for it and was able to stay away for 2nd!
The second day a super tough course. It was technical and the roads were rough. My plan was to attack early, since technical courses usually favor breakaways. The race started out fast, courtesy of Drew Martin. I attacked about 5 laps in, and 3 others joined me. We held a 15 second lead for about 10 laps, but nobody besides me was doing much work. I attacked the break and stayed away for another 5 laps, but then I was brought back to the field. As soon as I was caught, another rider counterattacked and I went with him. We stayed away until 3 laps to go. I then tried to sprint, but my legs did not cooperate.
After the Cat 3 race, I jumped in the Cat ½ race. (Superweek is not USAC, so I got away with doing the ½ race) It turns out they are pretty fast! I hung in for about 25 laps. The field started to split up after an attack happened at the front and I put in a big pull. Unfortunately the guy after me put in an ever bigger pull and accelerated and I was off the back. I have done a few Cat 1/2/3 races, but this was a lot faster than any race I have done. We averaged 29 mph on a technical course! Lots of pain and suffering.
This is the course: