Gebhardt Automotive Classic – Carter Lake RR

By Will Nabours – Development Racer

It was a cool winter afternoon in Colorado. A band of heavy wall clouds sat on the mountains to the west of the thawing Carter Lake. My cheeks tingled from the bite of chamois cream as I hucked a banana peel into the dry grass. Yes, it was road racing season once again, and this time February hadn’t even passed.

The Carter Lake road race, for me, went just how I wanted it to. I started the day doing a warm-up ride with a couple of the veteran racers, Taylor Jung and my brother, Tyler. We talked race strategy, which included being patient and preparing for a long run into the finish. I was nervous, knowing that I needed early season upgrade points. Seeing a few pro mountain bikers line up calmed my nerves – I knew I could count on them to break up the group.

The race started out pretty slow, as I think everyone was nervous for the climbs. Small attacks came from the occasional rider, but nothing proved worth chasing. I tried to gauge the course as we passed through laps 1 and 2. My teammates were right, there was a long run into the sprint and going too early would be costly.

The last lap started and the pace picked up. The mtb’ers led a series of attacks on the southern climb, but I was able to follow. This split the field, leaving a group of about 10 of us echeloning across the dam. We worked together until we hit the long slog up the eastern side of the lake, and then more attacks came. Eventually, it whittled the group down to 6 riders cresting the top of the climb. I was sitting fourth wheel and no one was pulling through – this was going to be the positioning coming into the sprint. I knew I could win.

Just as my teammates advised, I stayed patient and watched the riders in front of me start their sprints too early. The finish line looked a lot closer than it actually was.  I stuck the wheel of the rider in front of me and edged him out on the line by a wheel length. And then I chugged a Core Power protein shake.

Equipment : Coaching from Threshold Endurance, a Pedal supplied Cannondale CAAD10 w/ Ultegra 11-speed, Continental GP 4000’s (lime green for show), Pactimo race jersey, beet juice, euro-mullet, Core Power protein shake, pan y agua.

2014 is presented by Life Transition Planners (LTP)

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We are very excited to announce the start of our 2014 season with the addition of Life Transition Planners (LTP) as our new presenting sponsor.  Gary Sidder is both an avid cyclist on the Front Range and the founder of LTP.  Started in 2000, LTP provides sound financial and investment advice to clients in all stages of life.  Perhaps you are just starting a career or family and need to organize your retirement investments, life insurance, or college savings.  Or, you might be considering long-term care insurance or dealing with unexpected medical costs.  All of these questions and more are the expertise of Life Transition Planners.  While they are helping us attain our goals on the road, they can certainly help you attain yours in life.  Please consider contacting them through their website at www.lifetransitionplanners.com.

Welcome!

Founded on the principles of honesty, dedication, and teamwork, all while in the pursuit of having fun while going fast.  Pedal p/b Cannondale is an elite development road racing team that provides a support structure for up and coming Category 1-2 racers under the age of 26.  Our mission is to give young up and comers the chance to shine, while providing them with guidance and support.

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