Tulsa Tough: St.1 CrashFEST!

If you got a chance to watch the race online, I hope you were sitting down because that was about as hairy as it gets.

The thunderstorm delay was very appropriate. The first few laps were very slippery. Essentially one crash per lap for the first 20 laps. It dried throughout the race and breakaway of the day didn't get away until 50 minutes into the race.

In the finale, (with Quinn out from a nasty crash at the halfway point) Kevin, Connor and I were riding strong in 10th wheel behind the Jamis leadout and Cantwell (FlyV). With 1.5 laps to go a large crash occurred at 7th wheel and everyone stopped. I bunny-hopped on the curb and plowed into some spectators. There had been a crash in that corner for the last three laps so there were spectators everywhere. The race was essentially over for everyone except the five up the road (gap down to 5 seconds) and the remaining seven riders in the peloton. The break was caught half a lap later and Cantwell won from seventh wheel going into the sprint.

In cooler news....HEYBUCKSHOT just released their first four features of their season-long photo essay of Team Exergy. Find links here!

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Cycling in a Toque: Tulsa Tough: St.1 CrashFEST!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Tulsa Tough: St.1 CrashFEST!

If you got a chance to watch the race online, I hope you were sitting down because that was about as hairy as it gets.

The thunderstorm delay was very appropriate. The first few laps were very slippery. Essentially one crash per lap for the first 20 laps. It dried throughout the race and breakaway of the day didn't get away until 50 minutes into the race.

In the finale, (with Quinn out from a nasty crash at the halfway point) Kevin, Connor and I were riding strong in 10th wheel behind the Jamis leadout and Cantwell (FlyV). With 1.5 laps to go a large crash occurred at 7th wheel and everyone stopped. I bunny-hopped on the curb and plowed into some spectators. There had been a crash in that corner for the last three laps so there were spectators everywhere. The race was essentially over for everyone except the five up the road (gap down to 5 seconds) and the remaining seven riders in the peloton. The break was caught half a lap later and Cantwell won from seventh wheel going into the sprint.

In cooler news....HEYBUCKSHOT just released their first four features of their season-long photo essay of Team Exergy. Find links here!

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