Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tour of Kansas City, Day 1

Colton and Brian battling for the win

Pretty sure Trudy took this picture since I picked it off of Steve's blog but it pretty much sums up the race. Since we had the largest team in the race at 9 riders we planned to be agressive and try to get some guys up the road. The Tradewind Energy guys were there with 5 guys so it was going to come down to a battle between the teams. Overall it went pretty well but we managed to screw up a few breaks that would of been to our advantage as a team. Oh well, after the race we had our post-race meeting to figure out what happened and how to make sure it doesn't happen again. In the end we went 1,3,7,9,12,15, so 6 guys in the money is never a bad thing. Congratulations to Colton for the win!
Mistakes are just part of the growth process of a young team. The team came over to Kansas City to do the shop ride last Thursday and one of the ride leaders came up to me the next day and said that he didn't realize how young the team riders are. I think people forget that we have 4 riders that are under 25 years old and one that is 20. While they are strong, situations come up during races that they have never been in before and the results can get pretty interesting. But that's not nesasaraly a bad thing, it's how you learn and we are a developmental team.

Today is day 2 of the Tour of KC and it's going to be a scorcher. 100+ degrees at a downtowm Criterium. Brings back memories a a few years ago at the  downtown Overland Park crit where it was hot as well.

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