Just me and dad this time going to Grand Rapids (again). Grand Rapids has a lot of races (Gaslight, Ada, Rockford, and this), but the reason is that those races are all really good. Dan, Scott (G), Zack, Eric, Chris, Doug and me represented AAVC (Doug is partly with AAVC) and no Vermeulens. A HUGE field of over 50 riders came to enjoy suffering in the 4/5 race. My plan was to stay near the fron, thus limiting chances of being dropped. I ended up top 25 in the first lap, but slowly moved back. Then I stayed in the same place with about 10 guys still behind me. AAVC won about ten primes and right from the gun Zack was pulling. Juniors were quite well represented with two guys from KCB, Mark Bailey and a dude from FHC club (Forest Hills Cycling). Near the end I started having trouble hanging on but I was able to move up and reduce the damage. There were quite a few turns, and the pack really slowed before them, giving me a chance to recover. Doug dropped back to pay me a visit, then moved a few more riders up. On the last lap I was still about 10th to the back. On the finishing stretch Zack pulled off after a giving a great lead-out to his teammates and I went by him. He really wasn't interested in sprinting on cobbles. I was totally ecstatic about hanging with the pack and my placing didn't matter. Since I hung out at the Jittery Joe's booth (co-watching Bobby Lekovish with Joey Schaard and selling stuff) I missed all of dad's race. The Pro1/2 was awesome because there were plenty of pros. One from Navigators, three from Health Net, three from Jitttery Joe's, Jake Ritlewski and of course the Priority Health team. Here are the results.
It was a good race and it didn't matter that it didn't have a Junior's race.