I ventured to Somerset, Ohio on Saturday to do the Tour of Perry County Road Race. I was already going to be in the area, so the 2.5+ hour drive wasn't a big deal. Two laps on a 17 mile loop, which happens to be one of the hardest loops I've ever raced. There were about 30 riders total, so the promoter raced us all together and scored us separately based on categories. Dave T. from SBR was also there.
I managed to make the winning break on the first major hill of the first lap. Our group swelled to seven at one point, then fell to five riders after going through town at the start of lap two. The five of us stayed together for almost the entire last lap until someone attacked one of the many hills in the last few miles. I couldn't respond, but still maintained fifth overall, and third in the 3/4 field.
Dave T. raced really well, finishing 4th in the 4/5 field and in the top half of riders overall.
So far, all of the Team Columbus races I've done this year have been well run, safe, well-marshaled, and have featured great courses.
The roll out.
The break goes through town at the beginning of lap 2.
Dave T. near the finish.
Here is a video of the three leaders finishing. Note that the finishing hill did not even feel like a hill compared to the rest of the course. The finish is after the turn.