Looking at the course profile in the race bible does this crit course absolutley no justice. The Joe Martin Crit has a WALL in it. It was hard, really hard. Only 45 or so people finished, I was one of the last finishers, coming in at 40th place. I made it about 87 minutes of the 90 minute race before a Rite Aid guy pulled out and left me a nice big gap to close. He did pull a very nice and professional move and gave me a Madison Sling to try to get me back up to the wheel he had just let go, no luck though. I think I probably would have popped in a few more corners anyway. So a nice group of us rode the last couple laps together and put the 2008 Joe Martin Stage Race to bed for good. Once the results came up last night, I found out that I ended up 40th on GC, the last spot of the payout, solid. It could have been better, could have been worse. I think it was probably a pretty good learning experience though. I also forgot to mention that I took a spill about 20 mintutes into the crit when I stood up to jump out of a corner and my chain came off, that immeadiately deposited my arse onto the pavement. 2 Zipp Neutral wheels later, I was back in the game though. Only minor roadrash, and a couple out of true Reynolds wheels to show for it.
Now I'm back home resting up for a few days and meeting up with Mike so that we can head back down to Arkansas again for the Tour of Arkansas. I Just finished throwing an 11-28 cassette on my Reynolds KOM's, this is probably the only race where those wheels will actually get to shine.
By the way, Mapquest said it should take me 9:50 to get back from Fayetteville to Bloomington... Did it in 7:45. Arent you impressed?