I’ve been open with how I’m using TR to prepare for the USAC national calendar stage races and criteriums in in a couple of threads in the past, and I wanted to keep the trend going with the Joe Martin Stage Race that just kicked off in Fayetteville, AR earlier today. If this is spam/annoying, let me know and I’ll stop creating new threads - but I’m happy to answer any questions/comments!
Day one is a 113 mile road race for the pro men, and it played out like a classic road race - hard at the beginning, break goes (getting up to 7 minutes!) and the field relaxes too much, and then it’s flat out racing into the final selection. Today ended on top of a 4-ish minute climb, which makes it likely to be one of the key GC days along with the uphill time trial.
And Stephen Bassett (my teammate) won! And I captured the final 6 or so minutes on GoPro! You can see it all go down from my point of view here:
This is a pretty raw edit since, you know, I’m kind of busy this weekend, but I’m going to be trying to get a race analysis/commentary up sometime next week. I’ll also be running my camera tomorrow and likely during the crit, so be on the lookout for more stuff!
I finished 10th (10s down, after perhaps a bit too much celebrating) but we’re obviously all in to defend Steve’s yellow jersey for the next couple of days. Tomorrow is another long (110) mile road race, likely to end in a sprint if a break doesn’t go.
Update - Longer Race Commentaries Below