Jake, Stephen, Goran, and I went off 2 minutes after El Grupo A.
Our goal was to start off with 30 second pulls and go from there. I felt way too good on the way out. I took my pulls at about 280w (threshold=256), but riding in the slipstream made me feel way too fresh. I started lengthening my pulls and asked Goran to shorten his pulls. Considered that the way out takes longer than the way back, we should have ridden harder in the first half. Sadly, we just didn't.
We hit the turn-around, and from there, our pace never went below 29. Goran fell off the pace soon after. Jake, Stephen, and I dug deep on our pulls. I'll reiterate again that I felt a bit frustrated. I was taking uber painful 3oow pulls for 40-50 seconds, but I didn't feel like anything had happened when I went to the back of the paceline. The 1km to go sign came up way sooner than I thought. I gave a hard pull, recovered, then sprinted to the line with my teammates. I have to admit, it felt pretty epic.
The results put us in 2nd place with a time of 28:29. As a side note, we broke the old record...but so did El Grupo. Logan, Donovan, Nathan, and Max showed that they were the fastest, and I give them my respect. Strada rocked a 29:36 with clip-on bars.
I have a boatload of respect for my teammates. They rode their organs out. Truly, it was an honor to race with them. I had so much fun racing my bike. Plus, God made my legs really good, so it was cool.
Next up...the individual time trial.