As told by the recent winner of the Sunapee Road Race:
Just a note to let you know what happened at Somerville. In case you have not heard, the most notable result is that Alain got caught up in a crash with 2 laps to go and broke some ribs. Prior to the crash he was looking strong! It would be great if everybody could send him some love...
The race was super fast. On the front straight we would be between 30-33mph every lap. On the back stretch, we were doing 29-32. The style of riding was very aggressive. Guys would pass you and as soon as their hip passed your bars they would come across your wheel. This would force you to hit the brakes to avoid touching wheels. I must have hit the brakes 20 times a lap. It got to the point where I wouldn't even stop pedaling while braking. It was crazy, and stupid, and exciting. One thing to note is that the smoothest classiest riders were New Englanders like Jonathan Page and Robbie King.
Eventually, I started getting wise and made it my mission to stay on the inside of the field and would move out into passing riders. Alain and I had very good position throughout the race and I was really feeling great. I was in an early break. Alain got a prime. We'll have to wait for his report on this as I did not see it. With about 6 laps to go, Alain came by me so I could grab his wheel. We then started moving up to the front. We would get up there and then 20 guys would swarm up the outside and then we would have to start again. Eventually we got separated and then the crash happened (this was the second or third one). At this point I had no idea that Alain was in the crash, so I was looking around for him, but with 2 laps to go, I started looking for the United train. Didn't matter, I had hit the wall and when I stood up to go I had nothing. FYI, I was spinning 53x11 and really needed another gear! Quite an experience...
Attached are 2 pics from Cycling News. One with Alain, one with me (I'm on the far right against the barriers).
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