Saturday was the Hyde Park Blast which is some sort of festival that has all kinds of fun stuff: a 5K, cycling criterium, elite running race, bands and food. I have always wanted to see the criterium after seeing one many years ago in Loveland. The Blast is pretty big and seems to draw a big group of riders. It is part of a series that was the entire weekend: Friday was a crit in Madeira, Saturday was the Blast and Sunday was the Tour of Grandview.
The women raced at 6:55 p.m. - Cat 1/2/3/4. We came in on the end of the Cat 3 men's race. It was pretty exciting. The women's race was awesome. We were positioned in one of the turns so we got to see them all brake and lean into the turns and get through it as a pack. Here was the first person at the first turn where we stood, and then more riders. You can see the start/finish red blow-up thingy in the background.
It would have also been interesting to see the straightaways and how positions changed. Every time the pack came into the turn there was a new leader, so there must have been a lot of shifting going on. It was just so cool to watch. I would love to be able to do this some day. I don't know if I would ever be fast enough. It would take a lot of work to get to this caliber, but it just looks so incredibly fun!!!