THE TIME TRIAL :
|Photo: Robert Wilson. Added with permission|
I'm proud to be the new Champion of Québec in Time Trialing, it's an honour to stand atop the podium with such strong girls!
|Travel Roller, Rumble, and a to-be-microwaved steak!|
|Rivière du Loup port|
The road race the next day was different. A time trial is an indvidual effort, all about pacing, position and approach. There's quite a bit more strategy involved in road racing. As the solo athlete from NOW and Novartis for MS, and the defender of the Championship title, I knew I would have to be savy. I pre-drove the course in my beast-of-a-car to make sure I knew what to expect.
I told Audrey Lemieux, the race's announcer, that I would try to escape the peloton later in the race. I followed some moves and tried my chance at creating a break earlier on but I didn't like how things played out. In the final km of the first lap, I found the place where I wanted to attack the next time around: a long, slightly uphill grind with rough pavement, where the winds seemed to shift unexpectedly.
The race dynamics were perfect when we approaced that area a second time and I slipped from the pack 5.5km before the finish line, and pounded on my Time pedals. I crossed an overpass, and still nobody was on my wheel. As I approached a roundabout, a car came onto the course. Talk about DANGEROUS! The commissaire tried to stop the car much too late, and suddenly were blocking my entry into the roundabout. I screamed at both of them to stay where they were as I sped through. I didn't want to lose my gap, and I didn't want to get in my second accident with a car in the same week.
#doored in #montreal today on my @iamspecialized #shiv. Weird riding home like this... #couldhavebeenworse pic.twitter.com/cAmVguscleI ignored the pain in my legs in the final km, especially up the last kicker where I promised myself I would drill it as hard as I could. I was convinced after cresting that hill, my lead would hold and I would be safe. I get a little loopy sometimes when I go really hard though; I became a bit paranoid that the girls would come back on me. I looked behind a zillion times, and threw in some last efforts. The gap was there. Everything was fine. I sat up. I put my arms in the air in the final metres. Crossing the finish line and I brought back another victory for NOW and Novartis for MS, successfully defending my title.
— Lex Albrecht (@Lex_Albrecht) August 21, 2013
|On the podium with my Nuheat bottle, and my fresh Champion of Québec jersey|