Milwaukee Mile Criterium
9:30am on the beautiful Milwaukee Mile Indy Circuit. Recorded temperature in West Allis, WI is 68º, but the sun reflecting off the pavement makes it feel like the high 70s. Four day-of registrants for the Juniors 15-18 race meant all tactical plans from the previous night were void. The 1.7 mile lap was a lot longer than it seemed, as we took our warm-up ride around the course, scoping out the 3 corners.
Within the first lap, our field became five. The race wasn’t very fast, so with 2 laps remaining, I made an attack. 500m later, I looked over my shoulder. I was on a solo breakaway. Halfway through the break I chose to be caught again, simply to save leg for the sprint. From the 2nd wheel back in the pace line, I finished third. However, this was not the end of my day.
I waited about 90 minutes between races. I took a few laps around the pit lane, as my legs were already primed up and ready to go. A few strong riders kept attacks going throughout the Men’s Category 4/5 race, averaging 26mph.
Dante Parra, another junior from M&M, worked with me throughout the race so that we would both finish with the field. However, with one to go, my rear wheel made some funny noises, and proceeded to flat out. After his field finish, Dante came up and gave his condolences about such an unfortunate event. That is what the sport is about; no matter what team we race for, we are here for the fun of racing.
The Glencoe Grand Prix is May 31st. Come out and watch the fastest race on the North Shore! Stay tuned for my race report next week.
Joe “Pepe” Sullivan is a junior cyclists from Evanston, Illinois. He goes into the 2014 cycling season as a 16 year-old, riding a Specialized Venge, named “El Diablo Dos.” Joe races for Higher Gear in both cyclocross and road. You can find him most of the summer and many weekends in our Wilmette location.