(Here's Matt Cooke's
latest update from inside the pro peloton. Matt raced locally as an amateur with Lateral Stress Velo and in 2006 was
the Elite National Road Race Champion. For 2007 he landed a pro
contract with Navigator's Insurance, and this year is racing for the Health Net Pro Cycling Team. He'll be contributing regularly to GamJams, beginning with updates throughout the week on the Tour de Georgia.
Questions for Matt? Ask away in the comments and he'll get back to you. But probably not until after his massage.)
I am happy to say the stage is over which I knew would happen so I cant be that happy there but we are at a super plush hotel for not one but two nights so that makes me really happy.
It was a crazy stage today, weird and wild stuff. For just over 90 minutes there were constant attacks. I dont mean attack settle down then attack again. It was attack, chase, field get strung out single file, break comes back, attack again and over and over again. Nothing would stick. I could feel the collective sigh from the field as another move would go and we would have to chase after it. There were even a few times where a move would go, get a gap and it would look like it would stick and then a couple guys would jump out of the field to get across and guys in the field would yell at them or whistle in hopes that they would sit up just so we could have some damn peace.
That did come eventually thank god but at a price.
Two things happened. Health Net-Maxxis rider and Mr. KOM Frank Pipp went off the front super hard and just a few seconds later my other teammate Corey Collier crashed hard after his front wheel went into the seam in the road.
A Slipstream rider went down too and has a bad head injury and is in the hospital now. This crash which a good part of the field saw made the field sit up so the riders who went down could rejoin. After a bike change Corey did get back up to the group but he was cut up pretty bad. He looked shell shocked to say the least.
I found out at the end of the stage that his bike was broken to bits and the top tube was never found. It musta flown into the woods.
As we got towards the finishing circuits which one guy said was like a mountain bike race, the break came back. We went up and down some tough kickers in this neighborhood and Rory got away building up to a 15 sec gap. He ended up with the Most Aggressive Rider award.
Everyday I am realizing more and more that this sport is nearly all mental. Everyone at this level is so close in fitness but what makes the difference is having nerves and confidence.
I've been talking to Myron from NCVC and I want to try and make it back to DC for Poolesville but it will be difficult. And it would be nice to think that I could just come back there and roll over on everyone but the truth is I doubt that would happen. The Harley guys have some good depth and I can see them getting amped up for Poolesville.
TTT tomorrow. I'm preparing for pain as I write this.