April 19, 2010

Ceraland Circuit Race

This weekend there was a circuit race in Columbus, Indiana, the town in which I was spawned. With not much else racing going on around these parts, I figured I’d go check it out. The race didn’t start until 2pm, so I went over and did a few hours on the bike before and headed to the start line. When I arrived, I was greeted by a large but lop-sided field. The were 10 or so Texas Roadhouse riders, another 10 from Marian University and a handful of NUVO’s as well.
Traditionally the break goes pretty early on this 1.4 mile course, so I was on my toes from the gun. After a pretty aggressive 30 minutes the break finally had enough Roadhouse and Marian riders in in that they would let it go, luckily I was also included. The break was 14 rider large with 5 TRH and 5 Marian and a few others. I obviously didn’t like my chances so I tried to attack to get the numbers a bit more into my favor. Since the break had Roadhouse 2 best sprinters in it, it became pretty obvious they they were racing for a sprint. I figured they were working for John Grant and so I camped out on his wheel for the last few laps. When TRH strung the break out for the sprint I was in prime position. The sprint opened up and I just didn’t quite have the legs and had to settle for 3rd.  I was hoping for better, but I guess I’ll take it.
-Ryan Knapp