Mike Northey 1st, Ben Chaddock 7th
Last night the guys and I jumped into the seventh of eleven stages at the Tour of America’s Dairyland. The criterium course was a straight forward, four corner circuit with some wind and tight final corners to spice up the tension within the pack. There was a good crowd too and we definitely made it a show. Right out of the box, after a long day of travel in the car yesterday and sub-par sensations in the legs during a spin this morning, my legs came to life and I covered the front in the opening laps. I was quickly joined by the rest of the guys after I returned to the peloton after a 2 lap dig off the front. We covered every move and pushed the pace throughout the 90 minutes event until Mike made his way into a four man breakaway. Nearly lapping the field on the 1.2km course, the guys put together a great lead out train with 1 lap to go and although a hectic 3rd corner disrupted our train, boxing me in during the final 180metres to the line from the final corner, a hole opened up at 20metres to go and I jumped out into 7th with a big throw at the line for 3rd in the bunch and 7th overall. Mike grabbed the win and with numerous prim sprints throughout the race, we pulled in quite a bit of coin. Good stuff. Afterwards out generous homestay Patricia Young took us out to Subway for dinner.
Criteriums continue throughout the week, with a premiere event in downtown Milwaukee on Saturday night. The only interruption is a road race on Thursday. Today we race in Waterloo around the Trek bike factory. It’ll be cool to travel back after spending a few hours there in May during the Collegiate National Team Time Trial race in which Whitman sealed our 4th national championship. Time to pedal hard!
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