Tour of Kansas City – Eric Finks

The Tour of KC is a local race for me. Even though it is almost an hour away from the small town of Clinton. Mike Rickey was a welcomed teammate to work with me in the two race venue. Saturdays Cliff drive circuit race was a wet and chilly race. With the wet conditions I was riding near the front while setting in the group as much as possible. There were a few attacks from a past national champion that Rickey and I had agreed on was the favorite to win. Rickey did a great job helping me mark his attacks which were almost ever lap before or after the climb. With a couple laps to go an Atlas rider attacked the group before the climb and he went unmarked. As we went by the start / finish for the bell lap the Atlas rider was still off the front with no one interested in chasing him down. With that being said I start moving up as the national champ was too.  About a mile in the last 3 mile lap I tried to go inside other riders on the switch back turn and my back tire slid out from under me causing me to go down. Luckily all the other riders made it around me and I was able to jump back on the bike. Trying to keep my composure I started to chase back on with 2 miles to go. Luck having it a rider was off the back and helped me chase back. Getting back to the group I quickly rode up to Rickey letting him know I was back in it.    We exchanged a couple words for a plan to finish. With the finish line near the top of the climb I knew the national champ was one to beat. Not knowing the Atlas rider was still off the front. I was on Rickey ‘ s wheel using him for a leadout up the climb. With his awesome leadout I jumped off his wheel chasing the national champ all out to end up 3rd for the day and Rickey was 7th.
After the my haze cleared from the finish I was happy with my result and have to give all the credit to Rickey for yelling at me to go go go after jumping off his wheel for the finish. My fan club from Clinton yelling for me the entire wet and grimy race. Also, my personal photographer for yelling for me and capturing my Finkzilla faces.
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