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Obviously I would like a good result in Sunday’s race, but it’s going to be tough. My mid-pack finish last weekend didn’t give me any reason to expect a high finish at Lake Geneva. In fact, it might be a throwaway race. In the WCA’s new format, only the 10 best finishes count toward a racer’s position in the series standings. A great weather forecast and a huge influx of racers from Illinois should ensure that Sunday’s field is one of the largest this season, and that means points could be in short supply. By finishing 7th out of 16 in my age group last weekend I earned 11 points. If I’m 17th out of 35 on Sunday I will earn just 1.
But there’s no question that I’m going to give it a try anyway. It’s only the second race of the year and unless/until I reach 11 there are no throwaways. Every point counts, and maybe the best I can hope for is to stop one of my rivals from getting an extra point or two. If nothing else, the race will be a good training opportunity—it will be just my 9th cyclocross race ever, after all. I could use the experience and the 30 minutes of hard intervals.