We turned right on Jug and I was in good shape as we reached Mink, with a 23.5 mph average. Stealing a glance forward now and then, I'd see Hendra working overtime up front and I thought about pulling the ole stunt, "Hey, there's an attractive women at the back of the peloton who wants to say hi." just to get him out of the rotation for awhile. But in order to do that, I'd actually have to ride alongside him so even if he is young and naïve enough to get sucked in by the trick, I had no chance. Mink is freshly paved, which encouraged speed and we bolted north towards Johnstown. Reaching the first ramp, Hendra was (again) pulling with Eugene in 2nd and me way to forward in 3rd. Eugene had to pull out of the line which left a gap to be closed.....between Hendra and me.....not good. I don't know what I was thinking but instead of just waiting for the swarm to go around me to fill the gap and then catching on the tail, I tried to fill the gap. Boy, was that dumb. Really, really dumb. I blew up about half way toward accomplishing the goal, pulled out of the line and had nothing for the tail catch.
Thus, once again and with a 24.5 average, I became a victim of the beasts.