Red Peloton Cycling Team

Patterson Pass Road Race 2021

(8/8/21)

Cat 1/2/3 45+

Sunday I lined up for the Patterson Pass road race 45+ 123 race. Three laps on a tough course, total of ~70 miles with ~7,000 feet of climbing. Small field at the start given many were at Nationals, but still some strong riders. The first lap Thirsty Bear rode tempo up the climb and I led the descent. A rider attacked near the bottom of the first descent and no one chased. A bit later I grew impatient and chased a few times. Mid way through the first lap I had a motivation crisis, dropped off the back and threw a little pitty party and thought of just dropping out after the first lap. As the bunch distanced me my motivation returned and I chased back on, although when they saw I was coming they made me work for it. I burned too many matches messing around on the first lap and it came back to bite me at the end.

Near the end of lap 1 another rider bridged to the lead rider so I took a dig up the finishing line climb and brought one guy with me. We chased down the front two before the climb on lap 2, so now there were 4 of us. Just before the climb 2 more bridged up, so we were six, and stayed that way until after the climb on the 3rd lap. One guy flatted and another popped so that left 4 of us. On the backside of the course Kevin Metcalfe accelerated up a climb and took one guy with him, my legs were achy and another guy dropped his chain. So now it was 2 up front, me in 3rd. About 1/3 of a lap left to finish the guy in 4th came zooming by me, and we rode the rest of the race with two in front working together, a gap to 3rd, and a gap to me, and that is how we finished. Fourth place for me, could have been much better if Iā€™d been smarter on the first lap. The guy who won did the least amount of work throughout the race, just making efforts at critical moments, very smart bike racer. Afterwards I was super light headed, dehydrated, and had trouble standing, so definitely left it all out there!

Biggest plusses: 1) Raced with my new Red Peloton socks, they look really good with the current kit, very matchy matchy! 2) Got another rad Velo Promo t-shirt. 3) Was on a podium for the first time this year. 4) Won $7.00! šŸ˜Š

Kyle Ashton