Today was a little more than frustrating. it was the last World Cup of the series and the last race before Worlds. Today the race was in Hoogerheide, Holland. I had been training all week to prepare myself specifically for this race for a couple of reasons. One, I needed a bit of a confidence booster after the race in Roubaix. I needed to make sure that I still had it. Two because it was the last race before Worlds and I wanted to see how I could stand up against these euro guys. And finally I wanted to test my warm-up routine for Worlds. So I had an awesome warm-up I felt great the last night and even better this morning. Got to the race and the course couldn't have fit my style any better. The Warm-Up went good, got to the line and was able to move up into the second row. Light goes green got to the first corner in the top 20 and then in the second straight I get caught up in a crash with about 5 guys and I hit the deck. Grab my bike and the handlebars are crooked, no big deal, just pit. So i jump on my "B" bike and the rear tire is so low that I almost rolled it. Come around on the second half of the lap and come into the pit and my "A" bike is still being cleaned. So there is one full lap of a super low rear tire. Come back in on lap two and my "A" bike ready but the handlebar are still crooked. At this point there is no reason to come back through the pit again and have something else be wrong. So I just rode the whole race on a bike with a crooked handlebar. Chased from as far back as I could have been and ended up finishing one spot out of the top 40. A terrible race for me. I felt great but everything went wrong.
So on a positive note, I am looking forward to Worlds and hopeful a clean race for me. I would really like to end the season with something positive. Alright, 6 days and counting, keep following. Thanks for the support.