|Lex Albrecht: Canadian National Road Cycling Championships 2013. Photo © Pasquale Stalteri / All rights reserved|
|Lex Albrecht, Canadian National Road Cycling Championships. Time trial. Photo © CanadianCyclist.com / All rights reserved|
The first event was a 28km time trial (TT). I went at the rolling course on my Specialized S-Works Shiv TT bike like I meant it. I put in a solid effort. I had installed a special chainring to help me go faster on the downhills but the plan backfired a tiny bit. The chain wouldn't stay on the ring near the end of the race. Lesson: never deviate from SRAM components. Regardless, I'm proud of my 7th place finish, and am even more motivated to keep working on my TT.
|Photo: D. Gagnon|
I played it safe for the first part of the race, saving my energy for the end. At one point I let my guard down and let myself get shuffled too far back in the pack. As the riders hammered up a hill in front of me I decided I needed to step my game up.
I counter attacked another rider's effort, hoping to get away from the pack who was already tired of chasing the previous attack. I wanted somebody to follow me or bridge up to me, so we could work together and stay away. But, I saw that I was floating off the front solo a little too long and let up on my pace. As the gap shrunk, one rider bridged up as a precaution before we were "absorbed" back into the pack. I was a part of a small group that would finally break off the front on a difficult part of the course, leaving the rest of the pack chasing.
In the final kilometers, we were a select group of only 5 or 6 riders being chased down. I took the 2nd last corner with just a bit too much precaution and had to make up for it in the final few hundred meters. I sprinted up the last pitch to a 3rd place finish. Especially after crashing out of Nationals in 2012 with a nasty concussion, it was good to be back on the podium.
|2013 Canadian Road Cycling Championships podium. Proud to wear my Nuheat pin! Photo: B. Poredos|
|A quick interview with Pedal Mag after the podium ceremony. Photo: B. Poredos|
|Greasy hands, again. It's important to have an idea of how to take care of your own bike!|
|Lex Albrecht, Canadian National Road Cycling Championships. Criterium. Photo © CanadianCyclist.com / All rights reserved|
With less than one lap to go, I put in a hard effort at the top of the climb that seemed to tire a lot of riders out. I drilled it. Leah Kirchman of Optum chased and caught up through the final corner that she took fast and hard, and shot past me. I pounded the pedals until the finish line, not even daring to look behind me. That earned a silver medal in the end.
|Lex Albrecht, Canadian National Road Cycling Championships. Criterium podium. Photo © CanadianCyclist.com / All rights reserved|
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