Got to start on the 2nd row. Had Dillon Van Wart and Steve right in front of me. I was not nervous with them in front of me and knew they would be good starters. As the whistle sounded, we lunge off the line and I get boxed in with a slower rider that was to Dillon's right. I sit down and the second kick brings what seems to be the entire field by me. I settle in and deal with the scrubs of the Killer Bs.
I was able to make time on the wider turns and long straights. Pick a rider here, pick a rider there. Towards the end of my 3rd lap I close a gap and catch up to 10th/11th place. I come around both riders and pull the train along the front straight at about 85%. As we hit the grass and started into the turns and hills I punch and and only shed one rider. The attack worked but not to my liking of shedding both riders. I held back going into the steps and run up knowing the 2nd half of the course was to my liking. On the run up I fell behind my trailer and know that I can dispatch him on the front straightaways. As we roll to the finish line, I made sure to grab a few gears and get ready to jump around and make my move. As we get 2 laps to go, I notice him look to his right at the cards, I stand up, put in an effort and get a gap. That gap holds and grows a bit over the lap. On the bell lap I see him creeping back and know he wants to keep me honest. I kept my head down and rolled to the line in 9th place. Overall a good day, not great with my start but the season can only go up from here. I just uploaded my race to Strava and I have 2nd fastest lap of the day. I know it wont stand but feels good to look at it now!