I did the 74 mile Cat 3 race, and it's the longest race I've done yet. I wasn't too worried about the distance because the course is generally pretty flat (3,871 ft gain), but thought nutrition and hydration would be more key to riding well. I don't really have any specific race goals for the rest of the season, other than acclimate to Cat 3 racing so I can set realistic goals for next year and come up with a winter/spring training plan to accomplish them.
The course was nice - mostly farm land country roads. Registration was pretty slow, and there were only two porta potties. That would usually be fine, but since all the Cat 4/3/2/1/P races were starting within 30mins of each other, it made for some long lines.
The races all went off pretty much on time, which I always appreciate.
It wasn't nearly as hot as predicted, and it was overcast for the majority of the race. I drank a bottle of water on the line, and had three bottles onboard for the race. I think I could've gotten away with two, but if the sun had come out I think it would have been just the right amount.
What I ate: 3 or 4 Nature Valley Cashew bars for breakfast and on the way to the race. About one an hour. Love 'em on race morning, kinda my little treat to myself. I froze the baby food pouches and Larabars the night before so they'd hold up a little better. I had a Larabar on the line, and then a baby food pouch around 1.5hrs into the race, then another Larabar. I wasn't feeling very hungry, so I left the other baby food pouch. After races on the drive home I generally have a protein shake, but It was going to be close to dinner time by the time I got home, so I skipped it.
Our moto official was really good. At one point there was a dog coming for the peloton, and then moto backed him away from us. That was great - a dog coming into a racing peloton is no good.
There were attacks throughout the race, and a few breakaways that got brought back. We had a teammate who made a very strong attack, but the Prima Tappa team all worked together to bring him back. They actually burned up some of their guys doing so. Novo Nordisk had the biggest team out there, and they didn't do any work to bring anything back.
And they ended up winning the race. So probably a good strategy.
And with that, RACE BIKES!!!