Great Showing in Iowa City by Rasmussen Race Team

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Old Capitol bike race consists of a road race on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday. Rich Wince and Brent "PIG" Mitchell had the best weekends of all the guys on the Rasmussen Race team. PIG ended up getting second in the CAT 3 race and Richard had a win in the CAT 4 Criterium. Richard Wince's race report talks about the factor weather really played in this weekend’s races. Saturdays road race had what seemed to be 50 or so in the field as we headed out. I hung out mid pack for the first 1-1/2 laps. Half way through the 2nd lap, on the tailwind section, I move to the front and had this wild idea that I could breakaway and TT it to the end. That worked for about 10 minutes. Between the field having to kick it up a gear to catch me and one too many hills, it seemed we had whittled the field down to about 20 people. The final lap is where I perfectly executed my plan to stay out of the money. I found myself pulling the group for the final 5 miles (seemed no matter how slow I went, nobody was interested in pulling through). In the final quarter mile someone attacked for the finish. I immediately responded, caught him and decided to continue hammering it to the finish (now spun out with my 53x12 and about 400 yards away). At 100 yards from the finish I was gassed and watched the field continue on without me. I think I finished around 10th place.Fot the Criterium on Sunday I hopped on the internet Saturday night a Googled “Crit Race Tactics” and proceeded to study up. The plan was to stay no further than 10 spots back, and on the front, but only for a few aggressive attacks. I talked before the race with Todd Juhlen and Steve Reynolds to be watching to join me for some breakaway attempts. When the race started, the road was still 99% covered with water from the early morning rain which made for sketchy riding. My back tire washed out a bit on the first right at the bottom of the hill, but it wasn’t enough to take me down. From that point on, I was very cautious on every corner (I have enough trouble with dry pavement!). This left the only logical attack point to be the hill. We had a few attacks up the hill, but nobody was strong enough to stay with me if I hammered it too hard, and I’m not strong enough to TT away from the field, so those were all short lived. For the last few laps I stayed in the top 5 taking more than my fair share of pulls. I had a full PRC cheer squad that kept yelling “GET OFF THE FRONT RICH!!! Thanks Ladies. With one lap to go I stayed in the #2 or #3 spot all the way around. After taking the final turn to the finish line, I turned on the afterburners and never looked back. I think I ended up about 5 bike lengths ahead of 2nd place.

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