Yesterday I raced my first cycling event in the past 10 years. It was 29 kilometer uphill race, starting at the seafront in Podgora and ending at the top of Biokovo mountain (1762m above sea level). This race was scheduled for the past weekend, but due to bad weather conditions they moved it to this one.
(I filmed the video few weeks before and the start point is in Makarska instead of Podgora)
After a bad start I had some chasing to do. Just as I was making contact with the front group, eventual winner broke away. Most probably I wouldn’t be able to follow him anyhow. For the majority of the race I was in three man chase group. We could still see the leader at times, but it didn’t look like we were getting any closer to him. That’s why I didn’t think so much about winning as about not finishing in 4th place.
The climb is though but the last 4-5 kilometers are especially steep. I was sure I saved some energy to do that part properly, but it turned out my reserve was much lower then thought. Legs were empty, but luckily other’s were struggling as well so I managed to finish in top3. Overall, very good training for the next race which is only a week away.