Oh how times have changed, after swearing off 4am bike racing about 3 years ago, it was off to Sonora for my first Wards Ferry Road Race. The race was only 56 miles, 5 laps of rolling terrain. The pavement was fair to moderate and the scenery was very nice.
I rounded up to 20 people at the start, which turned it into a hard group ride. Due to the reputation of the team, many felt like I was the guy to watch, but I was actually hurting quite a bit from 20 seconds after my first attack onward.
Fellow Strava co-worker Mat Gordon was in the race allowing me a chance for payback, he knows why. Thus, I proceeded to point out whenever he did something dumb, like ride the front for no reason or attack on a down hill. It was under the vail of mentorship, but it was more for me than him.
The race was pretty standard with attacks over the top of every roller. Two guys got off with a lap or two remaining, something I promptly forgot about. I attacked with a half lap to go on a hill and ended up with two other guys. I then exploded and finished 5th.
Overall, it worked out pretty well, with a high results to sensations ratio. It was also a good introduction back to racing, 4am wakeups and all.