GREEN MOUNTAIN STAGE RACE
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
Rider: Allen G Carr
Stage 1 was an uphill time trial. If it sounds hard you'd be right - averaging around 400 watts over the entire course brought me up to the top 10%. Considering the competition included included some Education First riders I can't complain.
With 111 miles for stage 2, my off-season might start sooner rather than later.
The Queen stage Sunday was a disaster. I couldn't get into the small chain ring and got dropped on the first new climb. Dropped probably isn't the best word since I eased up and shifted 100 times knowing a 10% dirt climb was coming up. I was about a half mile from dropping out since we looped past staging when I saw a racer on the side of the road who had been dealing with Lyme complications. I complained about my shifting and he made a joke of it. That's all it took to keep me in the race. Got caught by a group of 30 not long after. Ended up having a fun day in the grupetto. Fortunately, I hit a bump on baby gap that put me in the small ring before app gap.
The criterium through downtown Burlington is always fun. Roadies like to complain about crits, but I've grown to enjoy them more and more.