August 9, 2017 In Uncategorized
Denver’s “Crit Weekend” starts with Littleton.
Being a PRT event last year, the race has gained some serious prestige and has seen some big names toe the line. It has always been a race that I wanted to win.
Warming up, we decided that we were going to go all in on keeping the race together and putting 5 guys on the front at the end to deliver a winner. With 5 technical turns and a fast finishing straight, it is a great course for stringing the field out with a strong leadout train. Enter the Green Regime!
Before the race started, we thought we might get some rain. At this point in the season, we’re all used to it. We have raced a handful of crits in the pouring rain already this year, whats another one on the tab? This course is even a great one for rain and splitting the field. So we did just that. 15 minutes in, the clouds let up and the rain came down, hard. There was a group of about 5 of us rotating at the front, keeping it smooth and fast, taking turns single file. We managed to split the field. I was firing on all cylinders at this point. Then came the lightning and a 25 minute delay. During the delay, I just kept telling myself (and my teammates) “I’m going to win this race.”
The officials decided to restart the race, with the entire field, with 5 to go. We knew it was full gas for 5 laps. The first two laps, there were attacks, I followed and just sat on, and they got brought back. With 3 to go, the green regime assembled! Five guys controlling the pace, keeping everything smooth. I was third wheel going into the final lap, Keith on my wheel. Owen dropped me off at the final turn, I put my head down and let it rip! I saw Keith coming up on my left, and knew we were going 1-2. After crossing the line, I let out a huge roar. Winning a race of this caliber, let alone going 1-2 with my teammate, in the rain was the ultimate way to win the Littleton Crit. The beer money that greeted me shortly after was a nice bonus.