A bit closer to home was a race known as Ronde Van Palouse. Like the european classics, this one features some hills, some wind, some dirt and some very hard racing. Here is a brief recap from Brad, one of the stalwarts of the team:
Jed, Richie and I represented RCR in the Cat 3s. We were very happy to be grouped with the 1/2s since they always chill the first half of the race--yeah right!
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BTW, portions of the gravel were crazy loose. It felt like you were just skimming across a lake on trick skis.
Anyway, we worked together and continued to pick up riders. In the gravel on the final lap we caught Jed who had given one hell of an effort, but he was blown and could not stay with us. We came off the gravel in group of about 10. I told Richie I'd go with 1k so he could grab Nigel's wheel. As it turned out I went for only about 10 cranks of the pedals and then I watched most of the field roll by! Richie hung on to finish 3rd in the group behind Andy Anderson and Nigel. We assumed we were racing for 5th, but only one guy was still ahead of us.
Overall, like any race it hurt! Thank goodness there was a beer waiting for me after the finish.