+Thomas Stanis +Anthony Jawad
It went down something like this:
Lap 1: Bumpy pavement meant people's bottles went flying. Going west into the wind was hard, and the people riding at the front of the field nearly dropped me off the back but I just hung on. They did lose a bunch of people though. If they'd have kept at it, they'd have split the field.
Lap 2: Bumpy pavement, moto ref neutralized the field and people weren't paying attention, someone crashed right in front of me but I managed to get around him in the gravel between him and his bike (if he hadn't have unclipped I've have ridden over his ankles). Hit a couple pot-holes from the crappy road and unfortunately rotated my handlebars down so that they were uncomfortable - but nothing I could do about that. Managed to lose my bottle avoiding crashers, but got two more at the feed zone. Pace was a little slower.
With about 7 miles to go I moved up to the front and rode in the lead for a bit - having remembered that this race is a lot about positioning. On the last freeway overpass some people went harder and went past me - should have been paying attention. I was in a pack of about 20 heading towards the finish, someone went wide on the right and crashed in some gravel. We got to the point where the road opened up and I sprinted past about 10 people to get 6th - 2 places better than last time I finished this race.
This was mostly due to good positioning and being able to sprint after 86 miles - some people were clearly done at this point. I managed 764W for 22s hitting 39mph for that. Could have gone faster though if I'd have had better positioning (there's a point where my power drops to avoid someone). I had to bang elbows with some guy to get past him, that was kinda fun :-)