Instead of being a classic criterium and bunch racing, the race consisted of two attempts of a 1km slightly uphill and cross country terrain and the times would be combined together. The rider with the fastest combined time wins. 1km all out is quite a lung busting experience !
I have bib number 7 – somehow a lucky number for me. I think I had this number once at football in my youth! The 1st rider starts at 10am and I patiently wait for my turn – 7 minutes later. There’s an older gentleman and a child in front of me – I know I might have to pass them later on… let’s see how this goes.
5-4-3-2-1 GO ! I go absolutely all out sprinting for the first few hundred meters and my legs are very quickly starting to burn, I have to keep going. I negotiate the turns well, the final technical bend is very wet, I must be careful so probably lose a few seconds, my legs hurt badly but I sprint to the finish line and breathe in deeply… wow that was a crazy effort ! 2 minutes and 11 seconds absolutely all out.
I go back into recovery mode to the start line, start chatting and I hear that my attempt was off the chart and had done much better than anyone else… That gave me some confidence but could it be true ?
Same order again. This time I decide to start a bit easier so I have more punch and speed on the middle of the course. I clip in perfectly right away and again go almost all out. My legs are firing – I feel sluggish but I keep going. I overtake the two riders ahead and cross the finish line gasping for air. My first feeling is a did a worse time so I hope all the others also fade away vs their fist attempt.
In fact it was not the case ! I actually did better in my second attempt : 2 minutes and 9 seconds. I figure my pacing was simply better – and also the very fast clip in.
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