This morning I raced my first two criterium races at the first annual Brackett Grand Prix in La Verne, CA. Last year I raced a bunch of road races, which are usually longer and more scenic.
Definition of criterium: a bicycle race of a specified number of laps on a closed course over public roads closed to normal traffic ~ Merriam Webster
In general I think I prefer long climbs to short, fast sprints. So this morning was interesting to say the least. It had rained all yesterday and I was not excited to race a new fast format in the rain.
Luckily the rain stopped sometime after midnight and the roads were dry in time for my first race which started at 10:30am.
I was happy that the race was just about 5 miles from where I live, I was able to sleep in a bit, ride my bike there and stop for espresso before having to get to registration, warm up and race.
|Photo: Michael Wagner|