L.A Circuit Race By Charon Smith!
It was just another race in SoCal with a bunch of hammerheads who all had the same goal and that was to win. Unfortunately, only one guy can win which created excitement and a lot of intensity in the peloton.
Sunday’s race was quite different than last week’s; the day was overcast and the wind was blowing hard due to the race being positioned right on the backside of the world famous LAX Airport. There was no place to hide which I enjoyed because this separated the men from the boys or should I say the strong from the weak. I only had 2 teammates on this day and they had just completed a race prior to mine, I knew they would be a little taxed and told myself: race the front, monitor the moves and pay close attention to the Helen boys as they had the largest team there, and the race was in their backyard so I knew they wanted to shine.
BOOM a move went early and as I predicted the Helen boys made sure they had a guy in it so I jumped and made the selection along with a Cal Pools guy, Greg from Ironfly and 5 other guys. I was thinking, “sweet, the lager teams are here so we can stick this break if we work as one unit and there teams block.” Slowly we got up the road more and more but guys started cracking in the break and Helen’s and Cal Pools started chasing down their teammates…weird right? I was like, “WTH, why are your teammates chasing you down?” they said, “I don’t know…” Greg from Ironfly said, “Because you are here Charon and they know you will win out of this break!” I was like “oh silly me…I will haha.” After four laps we were reeled in, I had to shift my focus and remain locked in as I knew counter moves were up next. My teammates Mike Faello and Kirk Bausch were recovered at this point so I start talking to them and said, “just surf wheels and sit on the moves” they did just that although KB got in a couple of little moves which I let roll after all, he is the current State Champ in time trailing and my Captain. I always tell my teammates: “If I can’t win, I want one of you guys to shine period.” We have a selfless attitude in the SCC family, one for all and all for one.
With two laps to go I told Mike, “Stay 10-15 wheels back just sit and follow and I will cover any counter attacks.” Jamie from Monster Media and Michael Johnson from BFC (Amgen) started talking as I was sitting on their wheels; I was like okay, these suckers are plotting and before I knew it…bam! They took turns hitting me and the field was not able to shake us. At bell lap I told Mike, “we have time don’t be in a hurry the course is big,” so he did just that. Other guys became excited as they always do on the bell lap and went too soon or waited too long. I found a good spot but was boxed in; an Angel by the name of Kevin Phillips from Ironfly lit it up on the right inside, I got on his wheel as he wanted to position himself well. Also, I slotted in a sixth wheel or so but then found myself boxed again. Next, a small cracked opened on my left I did not think, I just reacted and kicked out and slowly opened the V12 engine; as I roared up the left side roaring by one guy at a time I found myself neck to neck with Aaron Wimberley from Helens and about 30-50 meters before the line Wimberley looked over at me as I looked over at him. I went into my extra gear box and created enough of a gap on him so I could pose for the on lookers and the camera. “Win number 7” posted on the log, Surf City Cyclery/Sterling BMW is riding the wave to victory week after week God is smiling on us. GB