I've always wanted to do a road race held at a track. Yesterday I got my chance for Stage 1 of the Georgia Grand Prix. GGP is a six stage event, Wednesday the 23rd to Sunday the 27th.
I raced in the combined Cat 4/5 race, 30 miles / 12 laps. 12 times up that pit lane hill, ugh… We rode the course in the opposite direction that the race cars and bikes normally do. I took these pics on my warm up laps, check it!
Some observations: Racing on the track is as you'd expect, fast and smooth. Yet, there are obstacles, those white and green curbs are meant for cars and have a really gnarly texture you better not ride over. Pit lane hill sapped everything out of the group's speed. The elevation change on the course is a lot more than the images tell you. Sun exposure was an unexpected downfall to the track, no shade on a hot day.
Our race averaged 23 mph, lasting 1 hour and 20 min. 30 minutes in and 4 guys got away and stayed away the whole race. We got lapped by the 35+ masters, the moto-ref made us get out of the way, slowing down even, which let the 4 in the break gain a lot of time. The way it worked out is that they were able to hitch a ride in a faster group while we had to get out of the way. What's that saying in racing? Stay at the front. There was a lot of talk in the group that they were being given the race and even some confusion as to if they were even up the road or not. As we looked at each other they had gained almost 2 minutes on us by the end. Fun race, next up should be AMP's Tuesday night series.