After making it to Milano the night before the race and sharing an apartment with Max & Jörn from the notorious Karate Club Racing Team, raceday itself began with a little shocker for Simon. While routinely checking his bike one last time he broke a screw on his rear wheel that had to be replaced no matter what. It is always amazing to see how something as unimposing as a simple screw can suddenly take center stage and become the most important and hardest to come by element in the entire universe…
Hunting for that screw Simon was forced to wander the streets of Milano for 2.5 hours checking in to a number of bicycle shops and hardware stores. The end of that story was a highly creative use of only similar screws combined with even parts of the apartments furniture… true story!!
Quick brekkie and off to the race he was…but only to stand in line for another 75 minutes while waiting for his starterkit and transponder. By the time Simon was good to go the women qualification had already started and there was no way to get to know the racetrack anymore but thanks to the guys from FixedPott he was at least able to warm up a little on the roller. Thanx again guys !!!
Qualifying group 6 started first so Simon, being pushed into unknown waters, had no other option than getting to know the track quickly while fighting for a good laptime. After the qualifying session was over everything still looked promising with a group leading laptime time of 1:43.40.
Until that moment the fastest ever lap was timed at 1:39.70 in the 2013 Event. The following qualification results (fastet lap 2014: 1:33.xx) showed that the RHC is a real tough arena for lone warriors though. Good teamwork along with few outstanding solo performances catapulted one competitor after the other in front of Simons qualification rating so he eventually started to prepare for the Last Chance Race – which then got cancelled!!!?????!!!!
Everyone would have loved to see youngbucks like Simon or more experienced Crit competitors like our friend Maxime from the Dijon Mustard Crew battle it out for the remaining 10 spots but things just didn’t go their way. Due to delay the format was changed and a whole bunch of riders had to live with the idea of not competing in a single race. Disappointment within that group was inevitable.
Everybody, riders and spectators, were stunned by the level of competition in both the Men’s as well as the Women’s Finals. Unbelievably fast and simply awesome to watch!
Congratulations to Eduard Grosu & Ash Duban for winning a spectacular race and also congrats to Max and Jörn for finishing the race while working unbelievably for their group! Simon is already motivated for 2015 and will definitely be a little wiser…and hopefully a lot faster.
Thanx again Simon // props to you !!!
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