Day one of Georgia Gran Prix started of with a Crit at the Gwinnett Center in Atlanta Georgia. The original forecast was calling for rain and cooler temperatures but we ended up with 100+ degrees and surface temperatures from the jet black asphalt that made you feel the sun’s full effect. Our 2:30 race meant the heat of the day and the 40 rider field meant the efforts would be fast and there was a little bit of sketchiness to add to it. We were off with a moderate first lap and then the following laps heated up and it meant a lot of people suffered and struggled to stay in on the climb that lead up to the start finish. Through the first 20 minutes of the race I was feeling fine and moving better through the field than I thought I would, spending the majority of my time in the top 10-15 riders. At 30 minutes in the heat began to get to me and I began to lose ground as the road went up. With 7 laps to go I was separated and the official’s motorecycle passed me. I thought this meant my day was over so I pulled off the course. Unfortunately I was wrong on that assumption and could have continued riding which would have given me abother 8-10 spots. Live and learn I guess… Now on to Road ATL!