Stage 4 was an hour long crit. The course is arguably the hardest course of Joe Martin. There was a steep climb every lap and lots of downhill turns and cobbles. We had the misfortune once again to have it rain for the first part of the crit making for very slick, fast, downhill turns. Shannon and I got to the line first, only to have Tibco come from up the road and line up in front of everyone. Everyone was pissed. We had a false start so after a 1-lap fake race, we had to start again, but this time Shannon and I were in the very back. Definitely not a good course for that. Eventually we ended up in a chase group. Right before the climb about 23 minutes in I dropped by chain and ended up having to get off my bike and put it back on. By the time I was able to go through the line, I was far enough back to get pulled.
So I was given a DNF...argh.
Peter and Christian had a much better time at the race though. Peter was able to get top 5 in 3 of 4 stages and win GC. Christian was able to place equally well and finish second in GC. I'm sure they'll each have race reports with details :-)
After a long 8.5 hour drive, Peter and I arrived back in Austin at 3:30am...late night. Now I just have to buckle down this week for one more final!