Cherry Pie: Pro/1/2
By Adam Switters (Mike’s Bike)
Cherry Pie criterium is usually considered the start of the racing season here in Northern California and it didn’t disappoint this year. Among the 100-or-so registered racers were big squads from Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase and Marc-Pro Strava. Also included were former winner Logan Loader (CashCall), Fast Freddie Rodriguez, a host of Cal-Giant riders, and 5hr Energy pro Nate English.
For the last few years the race has alternated between sprint finishes and breakaways, so teams came prepared for any situation. The race started with the all-too-familiar smell of brake pads against carbon wheels as riders bombed down from the start line into the first corner, and it wasn’t long before Marc-Pro and Mike’s Bikes had riders up the road. Around 20 minutes in, I found myself off the front with Chuck Hutcheson, Nate English, and Fast Freddie. 8 more riders bridged up including my teammates Daniel Holloway and Eric Riggs, Marc-Pro’s Jonathan Teeter, Specialized Master’s Mike Sayers, Great Britain’s Simon Holt, junior Jack Maddux, Clif Bar’s Eric Losak, and Cash Call’s Logan Loader. It was a stacked break for sure.
There was very little organization in the breakaway, but the speed was kept high due to attacks from me, Freddie, and Teeter. In the end, it would be just enough to hold a strong charging pack. With 2 laps to go, I launched myself on the finishing climb and Freddie joined me, absolutely killing it on the front. We were caught and countered with one to go by Simon Holt and I barely managed to claw my way back to his wheel. Unsure of how strong the unknown Holt was (he rode for Raleigh last year), I had to sit in and hope that, if we got pulled back, Holloway could take victory. Alas, with 400m to go, hard-charging Jonathan Teeter pulled his teammate Chuck and the rest of the break back up to us and Loader managed to jump the break early and hold on for the win over a hard-charging Holloway. As a consolation prize, I was awarded Most Aggressive Rider and at least took home a nice bottle of Cycles Gladiator Wine.
1 Logan Loader (CashCall Mortgage)
2 Daniel Holloway (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase)
3 Chuck Hutcheson (Marc-Pro Strava)
4 Freddie Rodriguez (Team Fast Freddie)
5 Simon Holt (Team Differdange)
6 Adam Switters (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase)