Did my first crit of the year last night. It went about as good as most March races go for me. It was fun. There were 16 guys and 2 women (one was 40-49 and in a State Champs jersey, the other was a junior)...most of the guys were racing as 'Masters 40-49' and I suspect they were sandbagging cat 3's. The club putting on the race put three guys on the front from the gun and we were strung out single file. I was stuck about mid pack and kept trying to move up only to find myself in the wind with no one to help...then I'd find myself mid pack having to brake into each turn. I got dropped at the first prime. Rather than chase solo I decided to wait to get lapped and jump back into the back of the group (lapped riders were encouraged to do so at the beginning of the race). I'm toodling along waiting for the group and the masters woman catches me and I become aware that she'd been chasing for a while (she took a flyer that nobody respected in the first couple laps) trying to get my wheel. So I paced her for a while just to be a gentleman, after all, she's a state champ, right? The second half of the race was sort of a blur of trying to organize some cohesive chase group in the B race, a tough proposition. I was lapped a second time and rode at the back of the peleton until the bell when I pulled off to watch the sprint. I had a good time and didn't expect much more than what I got. I've got four more races in this series and if last year's pattern repeats, more and more riders will start coming out and the race will calm down a bit. Our average lap time was faster than the A race. I think that if I could have found a wheel in the first couple laps, I would have done better. Here I am, far right, on my Pmount (gummee) with St Champ and Jr Woman in tow. The kid on the focus kept pulling thru too hard and gapping us...then we'd catch him again and he'd sit on and then gap us again.