The only, and very major, bummer that made the day rough was Nao breaking a collar bone and Pete going to the hospital. A bump of shoulders going into one of the sprint laps and it was just hoping everyone was okay. Always puts racing in its place seeing a wife and kids run over to see their daddy with a broken collar bone. Everyone will be praying for a speedy recovery for Nao and Pete.
Here's the break down of Lamprey points. Lots of people putting in efforts, offering wheels, leadouts, and blocking to make all these points happen, not simply the names/points mentioned. Really great team racing all around. One of, if not the reason that makes this even so much fun.
The full team, Jeff, Jen, Chris, Joe, Rolland, Me, Dave, Frank (and not pictured Jeff Bays from the TTT).
TTT: 2 points
There were only 6 people (two teams of 3) for the TTT and unfortunately Rolland crashed through one of the corners and apparently they were going pretty good.
1st sprint (27 laps to go): 3 points (Jon)
I felt good going into the sprint and after doing a little bit of surfing wheels Bito made a good move and I was able to latch onto his wheel. I was glad Brevans wasnt quite warmed up because I was able to take 1st with him coming fast.
2nd sprint (24 laps): 0 points
I was planning on going for the first 3 sprints and then rest of the fourth and go for the fifth. I made a mistake going into this sprint as I thought there was a mini break that was going to stick, but then LG came like a freight train which I tried to jump around, then Bito jumped and I was out of position and as I tried to open up my sprint, SB and Bito made me look like I was standing still.
3rd sprint (21 laps): 3 points (Joe)
Joe had good position the whole sprint lap and he took the sprint from the front and held everyone off for first.
4th sprint (18 laps): 2 points (Jon)
This was the brutal, sad sprint. The pace was too slow going into the sprint. So moving up, people started making a move on the right. The pace still wasn't high enough on the right and there was a lane open on the left.
So I went left hard as I saw the lane open. Nao must have seen this gap just as I did and just as I got by Nao his handlebars/hands went into my elbow he hit the deck. To be honest, I haven't been confronted with someone crashing that bumped into me that I actually know. I have been near crashes or someone has bumped off me and I have gone clear and was just glad I didn't crash. This crash was different. I know Nao at least a little better than a little. Know how many kids they have, know his job, consider him a friend or at least an acquaintance that I could spend time on a bike or grab a beer with. It really leveled me mentally. Seeing his little boy running up behind his sisters crying almost put me into tears. Really hoping for a speedy recovery. Wishing, even though it wasn't my fault, I had never contested the sprint, guess it's all part of racing or some stupid saying like that, but it still feels brutal.
Knowing Nao it will be like a week and half before he is climbing carver's and putting us into pain trying to hold his wheel.
I pedaled through the sprint lap but never opened up the sprint hoping everyone was back on their bikes and hoping Nao was okay even though he unfortunately wasn't.
Roughly a 20-30 minute break at this point.
5th sprint (15 laps): 6 points (Jon) No one seemed completely interested in setting this sprint up. Joe soft pedaled with enough effort through the first half the bell lap that no one bothered, then Chris (who earlier in the day got 9th OVERALL in the lehigh valley half marathon) moved to the front and set up the sprint going all the way through the final turn and delivered me perfectly. There was/is a freight train shown on the right of me, who I barely managed to hold off.
Then the pace got high since it was no long neutralized. And one lap after the sprint, Jeff went. For the cycledromers that did Berwick a couple years ago, this is the guy that broke away with 2 to go and held off the field for the win.
6th sprint (12 laps): 4 points (Jeff and Chris) Everyone thought Jeff would be caught, as it was pretty windy and it would require some significant effort. Then Jeff stayed away for one sprint. Then Chris managed to get in a small break on the sprint lap and took 3rd.
Rolland Frank and I above shutting down the efforts to bring back Jeff. Dave had just done some work and Bito (up front put in an attack) which you can see we did an awesome job covering. Also note, my lack of draft to Rolland.
Jeff looking more focused than tired.
7th sprint (9 laps): 4 points (Jeff and Jon) Jeff stayed away again. I can't remember if I got 3rd or 2nd. I think it was second but I was err on the cautious side--will explain soon.
Here's where it gets weird. At this point, Jeff was within bridge-able distance. So 5 guys caught him with 9 to go. With 7 or 8 to go, it was just Joe, Jeff, and Bikeline guy.
A couple guys bridged across to the 3 guys that were dangling with about 5-6 laps to go so it was me, 3 cycledromers, and 2 bikeline guys.
8th sprint (6 laps): 3 points (or 5 or 4)****Here's where the discrepancy happened**** Joe, Jeff, and Bikline guy in the break and somehow they gave two places to BIKELINE. So we only were awarded 1 point for this sprint.
9th sprint (3 laps): 3 points (or 5 or 4)-- (Jeff and Joe)
I am writing "(or 5 or 4)" above because the minimal amount of points Joe and Jeff could have gotten would be 3 (since second and third on each sprint were worth 2 and 1) if the bikeline guy took 1st on the remaining two sprints (which I know he didn't get 1st on both of them).
Finally going into the last sprint. Jeff took the front and Bikeline guy got on this wheel with Joe on his wheel. Joe came around in perfect teammate leadout fashion. Joe got first with jeff in 3rd.
Last sprint: 20(1st)+16(third)+12 (5th) (Joe, Jeff, and Jon)
On the final sprint of our mini group, I was hoping to get 4th overall and as I came into the sprint, I waited and waited and waited too long and Butler took advantage and got a quick gap that I couldn't close quick enough. Ugh. 5th.
Then as we got the scores, we found we had lost by 1 point! The point that I could have swung by getting 4th. I was bummed.
Chip came over with the results and told us we had gotten 76 points and lost by a point and their team had 77. Looking at the final 3 sprints, the points spreadsheet showed that on the 3rd to last sprint (6 to go) that Bikeline was awarded TWO places. There were two lamprey riders and one bikeline. This was literally impossible. I told chip. *crickets*. Chip let us know that the officials had already left. And also we could pay the officials next year.
If you add the points above, you get 78 points (that does include the points we should have been awarded, but does not include the 2nd I am pretty sure I got with 9 to go and does not include the 1st place of at least one of the last two sprints).
Good thing this doesn't mean anything. It was fun, good to see old teammates, and race with new ones. Even if I was called "Benedict."