This weekend I got to do some road racing close to home at the Ocala Stage Race. Two years ago, I did the race and came in 2nd overall in the Juniors 10-12 class, which was pretty exciting because it was only my 2nd time racing on the road. Last year I missed it because it conflicted with a mountain bike race and I was bummed, so this year I couldn't wait to do it.
Friday night before the race, we went out for our usual pre-race meal of pizza. This time, though, we met up with some other juniors and adults from the RedEye Velo team from Tallahassee. I raced against the boys in the Albany criterium a few weeks ago, and my parents became Facebook friends with the adults after they saw my video, which featured several of their riders. It was a good time. Over the weekend, we got to know the team better and it made for a more fun race event.
|RedEye Velo guys|
I had a good race too, breaking away with Eric (from RedEye) and winning the first stage.
On Sunday, I lined up again for another road race, this one a little longer than Saturday's, at 15 miles. By the time we got to the second hill, Eric, who was riding behind me, told me he couldn't keep the pace to go with me this time, and I kind of rode away from him and the group. For about 13 or 14 miles it was just me riding behind the motorcycle cop who led us out. I ended up finishing way ahead of the next closest group, winning the stage and the overall. I got to cheer for the other guys as they crossed the finish line.
|Me chilling with the RedEye team after Sunday's race (Thanks Mrs. Sciba for the pic.)|
My new friend Eric took second in the overall.