This race report is going to be a little bit different… It’s more of a day in the life on race day from the past Sunday. If you were looking for a full detailed breakdown of every attack, break and sprint click on the Monster Media Racing website at http://www.monstermediaracing.com/ for that report? This I figured should be a little bit different… I hope you enjoy.
First off let me start with a little background of myself. I have been getting a lot of inquiries about myself being somewhat new to the Socal racing scene especially on Facebook so I thought I would start here. I am 38 years old; I am the brand Manager at Haro Bike Corporation for all adult bikes including my personal favorite Masi bikes and am a member of the MRI Endurance p/b Monster Media Racing team. I am a category 1 road cyclist, raced downhill mountain bikes for a living for 8 plus years and enjoy racing my bike these days. Lastly, I have always felt “let your talking be done on the track” and when it comes down to it, if you do it right… you don’t need to say a word.
A HUGE advantage I had today was new bike Psych I call it! We received our MRI Endurance TEAM frames bright Green and all but the parts weren’t getting here in time but fortunately for me I have access to some parts here at the office and had my built up ready to go making the Green Flash debut! I can honestly say there is no feeling like stepping onto a new bike that not only looks amazing but is a dream bike in fit, feel, components, wheels etc!
Now that is out of the way, Karl Bordine met at the park and ride in Oceanside Sunday morning heading to the race and light-hearted friendly funny conversations ensued through the drive to Costa Mesa. We were meeting teammates Tomo Hamasaki, Elan Walsh, and Shane Lawlor at the race. Other team members were at the Merco stage race so Karl and I knew we had our work cut out for us but we had basic strategy in our minds and having Karl as the strategists in this is a huge bonus. After parking and registering, more hilarious conversations took place and all began to be involved with the racers around us as the comments insisted turn 4 sucked…. One disagreed! This is exactly how it should be and reminds me of the week leading to Jamie Paolinetti winning his most recent 1000th National Championship when we roomed together with Kayle!
Race number one for the day starts with Charon Smith, Mike Faello and the Surf City team at the front and small attacks start going resulting in finally one that sticks… unfortunately to be brought back late in the race. So we cancel plan A which was get into the right break in which we did but now knowing it’s going to come down to a field sprint and onto plan B. Executing Plan B and winning the field Sprint by inches was huge for us and made for a very lively environment back at the Masi truck! Joking about arms in the air over the finish and finding out teammate Randall Coxworth had won the road race at the final stage of Merco that day was great news as well. Phone calls obviously went out to the team up north as they wanted to know how the race transpired. Chris Demarchi commented to the others what an awesome thing that would be if I were to double up…. Little did he (and I) know!
Ready and roll onto race number 2 being the Pro 1,2 and here we go. Many teams were missing from the group today because of Merco which made it feel like another Master’s race with some kids mixed in! 15 minutes in a 14 man break went, 4 to go it was getting caught and resulted in a counter resulting in a 6 rider breakaway with 3 to go. Luckily I had big Karl with me again setting up the one two punch in the closing lap that set me up for winning that sprint. I cannot express how great that felt to grab a second win for the day something which I may never accomplish again and is truly great for myself.
Obviously, that led to more calls, texts etc. and an overwhelming response from the cycling community on Facebook and I appreciate all of the 100%. The Socal cycling community is amazing and full of so many GOOD people that I feel like I need to give thanks. It’s great that we can finish the race, laugh with our competitors and enjoy an ice cold brew with teammates! Karl and I had great conversation on the way home and I couldn’t wait to get home to my beautiful wifey and my two year old who in my mind is always the champion of the day! Winning two races in one day is great but still doesn’t compare to coming home to the loud “DADDY”. It’s important for all of us to keep perspective of how lucky we all are to be able to race our bikes and for me it’s a hard balance but is worth it 100%.