Post by Phil Elsasser
Well, after spending the last several weeks dealing with some terrible allergies, things have started to come around a bit. A visit to the doctor office and a lot of medication seem to have me feeling a bit better on the bike and certainly off. Yesterday we started the 6 day stage race that is Mt Hood Cycling Classic. The prologue was held on Portland’s International Raceway late in the evening under heavy rain. Everyone did 2 laps for a total of 4 miles. I had a good warm up and felt like I rode pretty well, save for one left hand turn that I completely botched and ended up losing a lot of time on. In a prologue every second counts, and every time you grab brakes, you can be sure you are losing some time. Well I grabbed a lot of brakes, and lost a lot of time as a result. The second lap was infinitely better. I should have pre-road the course (dumb mistake). Luckily with the hard racing to come later this week, the 26 six seconds I sit behind the leader will be insignificant. Hopefully I will keep updates coming to the site throughout the week. It is supposed to be a wet one.