by Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker Project)
Being the final race of the Cascade Cycling Classic–with 5 loops of a 17-mile circuit with 6000ft of total climbing and temps in the mid- to upper-90′s–it was going to be a tough day in the saddle.
With no riders in GC contention for the team, we wanted to secure a stage win. This type of course and heat favored me and Travis. Our team wanted to be present in any breakaways up the road with Heath, Joe, and Andres. Michael and Mat were to keep me and Travis out of trouble and topped off with fluids and food.
Between the first and second lap, a significant move was up the road and we had Joe placed well, sitting on to represent and waiting further for a possible bridge across from other riders.
That move was absorbed and a dangerous group of 15-20 went away. Jelly Belly was defending the yellow jersey, and placed Morgan Schmitt, who was just seconds ahead of Tom Zirbel, in the move. This took a little pressure off of Jelly Belly and placed more on other teams looking for overall placings, but they still tried to keep the move in check. I believe the gap grew to 1:45 at one point. We contributed Mat and Michael to the chase at that point to keep things a little more manageable. [Read more...]