Dallas, Quinney, et al - thanks for putting it on. Great way to start the ABA season. All the questions on weather, tires, gravel, etc. leading up to it faded to nothing but well earned smiles in the parking area after.
Racing is hard, that's what I love about it. Was trying to hang on as long as I could, and for me, at this season's weight so far, I can't complain. A small unfortunate chain coming off the front ring on that last gravel east TWP 274 climb was inopportune, but wouldn't have changed the result one iota, just made me solo for longer.
What's the difference (for me at least) between riding and training and racing? Check the graphics below.
Wildcat Roubaix (no power meter to derive the absolutes on this bike). Dick all for moderate - just given'er.
But Erik, haven't you been training via the Deadbeat hammer rides? Yes, a bit. But even those are different. Partly we've been doing the abbreviated loop until the days get longer, and partly the west winds have been so strong that the eastbound half is hard to keep it pinned. But it is also a team group hammer ride with regroups, and you just don't keep it pinned as much, more surge-y.