Saturday, October 18, 2008
Day 5- semi-finals and final match sprints = 1st
Team win #100 for 2008! How is it possible for a time trial frame that has been raced in the Tour de France to also be such a sweet match sprint frame? I’m not sure of all the possibilities, but the Specialized Transition helped me to win the individual pursuit, the scratch race and the match sprints.
I like this new sprint format! With a possible 8 to 12 rides in two days this tournament format is well suited for sprinters with endurance. I originally signed up for the sprints so that I would have a shot at the “Best All Around” competition, but I had so much fun that I just kept riding until I found myself in the gold medal round. Earlier this afternoon I faced Steven Darracott (Australia) and beat him in two rides. Steve Cronshaw (Great Britain) outsprinted David Wilmott (Australia) in three rides so Steve and I met in the finals. I won the first ride, the second ride but was relegated for an overly aggressive move and then won the third and final ride. David Wilmott scored the bronze.
A shake of thanks go out to Kenny and Annette Williams, Warren Geissert (long distance call); Rich Voss and all the other Americans that pushed, prodded and lifted me up for this one.
Oh, and I was drug tested too ;-)
Coming up: Day 6, a 60 lap points race! Lar