Eugene Roubaix Report
Windy, windy, with one big hill. I knew I was going to pop on the hill so I didn't care that I took a short pull even though people said to stay out of wind. I'm glad I took a turn...with only 12 racers, it builds good will. The stronger women definitely did the brunt of the work and I recovered (at least to my level of recovery) in time for the hill.
After the gravel, I was happy to see Leigh grab the Showers Pass girls wheel who got her to the front of the pack for the hill. I wanted to hop on, too, but was stuck. A while later we hit the hill. And POP. I kept Leigh in sight. Then, I flew down the hill to try and bridge the 75 - 100 ft to get to her wheel. However, once again, I had a little cross action. I was a too hot going into the last turn, chickened out, and didn't make it - oops. I managed to continue riding in the grass and stay upright [I was mostly concerned about breaking my front fork - should have been more concerned about breaking my neck], but lost gobs of time and knew catching Leigh was now out of the question so I put my head down and psyched up for a solo in the wind.
The big lesson I learned. If there is a possibility of being off the back - know the street names! There was no indicator or flagger for one of the turns and I missed it. The race was 26 miles...I raced 33.
I loved the course and will definitely do it next year. I wanted to do the TT the next day, since I desperately need practice, but was too pooped. Glad to hear Zan and others represented. I plan to head out to Sauvie Wed. night to practice with aero bars or a more TT position if anyone wants to join. It will be a 24 miler.