I missed the last two Turkey Hill road races. Held the first weekend in May, I have been riding in this event since 2003 and did very well (for me) in it from 2003 through 2005. Those three years I finished 7th, 10th, and 7th. In 2006, I was 27th. In 2007, I dropped out out and a few days later broke my neck. Turkey Hill was one of the few races I did that year, and definitely the last one. In 2008 I was at pre-deployment training for the race and in 2009 I was in Kuwait packing up to fly to Iraq.
It's a hilly race with some spectacular crashes. In 2006, Chuck Waterfield broke his skull in several places crashing in this race. Trevor, a new racer who lives in my neighborhood, crashed in almost the same place Chuck did, but only had cuts and bruises. We rode home together from the race with a couple of members of the Franklin & Marshall College cycling team.
This year I was the last finisher still pedaling. I got dropped on the second lap. I was at the back of the pack and saw the strong guys up front pick up the pace on the first climb on the north side of the course. I watched them disappear.
I should be better next year.