Team member Eric Thompson was racing this past weekend at Collegiate Nationals in Madison, WI. Eric's dad John provides a recap of the crit:
Eric had arguably the best race of his life on Sat. night at the D1 crit. It was so exciting, I'll never forget it for as long as I live! With nine laps to go he bridged solo up to a two man break that had been off for two or three laps. He worked together with them to stay 10 to 15 seconds ahead of the field until three laps to go when they got caught. Eric attacked the field AGAIN at this moment and went clear stirring the spectators into a roar each lap he came through the start finish chicane ahead of the field. With one lap to go he still had five seconds on the field but they were well organized and closed him down just 300m from the line. Sooooooo close! Eric still hung on for 27th out of a field over 100, an impressive finish when he had absolutely nothing left in the tank. It's a bummer that his teammates couldn't help him disrupt the chase, but with an average speed of 28mph for the hour and hard racing the day before it was all they could do to sit in the pack. Eric's team took second in the overall omnium in a close battle. Collegiate racing is a lot of fun, next stop Truckee, CA, but before that the MNSCS and WORS races. Eric's revved to be coming home next week and will make it in time for the Inver Grove Heights race.
Eric diggin' and drillin' !!