Arrived to the race at 1:30 (race time was 2pm) and had to rush. I had about 3 minutes of warm-up and it was time to head to the start. All the big guns were present minus Billy Jones and Andy Crater (and a handfull of others). There was a nice climb on the finishing stretch which I have named “The Detonator”; fast downhill with a tight right turn and then back towards the finish. I made the early move with Chris Halverson, Jim Moore, one of the Chicago Polish riders (29 yr old beast) and one Great Dane rider. We rolled for a few laps at full throttle and I eventually blew. At this time, Denny Yunk was on his way up and joined the break. Talking with Halverson after the race, he said he was beyond red-lined at the same time I came unglued. I figured the best thing was to get back in the field and try to recover knowing that Voigt and the LAPT crew would be working hard to bring back the break.
I forgot to mention that good riders were dropping like flies within the first 5 laps of this race. REALLY HARD racing! Phil Godkin was out early and others. My group was now 16+ man chase group including Voigt, Van Susteren, Todd Miller, Pete Coons and a lot of horsepower. Many attempts were made to get up the road and nothing worked for anyone. After several attempts on my part to push the pace and escape, it finally worked with about 7 laps to go. I rolled with Andrew Kerr (Village) and we chased after Joe Shanahan (IS Corp)who had been solo for a couple of laps. Andrew and I kept the throttle open and lapped the field but never quite got to Joe. I ended up beating him in the sprint for 7th place. All things considered, I’m pretty happy. I’ll be asleep by 10pm tonight and ready to break some legs tomorrow.