The USAC Regional Masters Championships were this past weekend, put on by Topview Sports. They did a great job as usual. I only raced the road race, but all the races appeared to go out on time, the results and podiums were soon after the race, and the course was well marked - including the always helpful and appreciated 2km and 1km signs.
This was my first time doing the Masters Championship, and it's funny how the vibe is a bit different. Where the collegiate races are kinda loud and have an upbeat youthful vibe, the masters race was calmer and quieter. Of course teams were milling about, and people were catching up, but it just seemed kinda quiet to me.
Maybe that's because everyone talks with their legs. Who needs all those words?
The RR course was hilly, and it was steadily fast the entire time. Probably one of the best workouts I've had all year. I did the entire race in the 53 chainring. I have a 26-11t cassette, so was going over the hills in the 53x26. Pretty fast.
A few breaks tried to get away, but generally speaking everything stayed together and there was constant attrition throughout the race. I'd estimate only about half the main peloton was left by the end.
It was my first race as a Cat 3, and I had loads of fun. I was nervous the pace would be too high, especially since this race was with Cat 1s and 2s, but I didn't have any real probably hanging in ... until the last km, when the guy I was behind dropped the wheels in front of him in the final surge toward the line, and I didn't have the strength to bridge back to the rampaging peloton.
With that, here are the RACE BIKESSSS!!!!!!