Yesterday was a great day of racing with another full masters field. Also it was nice to see several teams with multiple riders that came out to play. We had some heavy hitters in the field and I thought it was going to be a day for a breakaway.
As the race developed we kept the pace fast. It was clear that several teams wanted a break away and one team wanted to play to their strengths and keep a field sprint. Charon was out to win CBR Sunday World’s and everyone else did not want a field sprint. Surf City did a superb job chasing things back and keeping the field at a high tempo so the attacks were not so violent. Kudos to those guys for working so hard. As the race was coming to a close you could tell that the heat and speed were affecting the guys. With 5 laps togo Monster Media, Phil Tintsman, went on a solo move and put the field into a panic. He was eventually brought back but it hurt a lot of guys. With 3 laps to go, Phil got caught and Monster Media up’d the tempo. This hurt even more guys coming closer to the finish. The strategy was to break up any plans for a lead-out and more important give a free ride for some to the line. At 1 lap to go Jaime attacked with MJ and a Helens guy. Monster Media immedialty slowed the pace thinking a team would come up for the chase; it did not happen quickly so the group of 3 gained 15-seconds in a hurry. When teams started to organize it was too late. MJ jumped off of JP’s wheel and powered to the finish to take an undisputed 1st place (total stud move). For the first time this season, Charon and I went head to head coming round turn 4 side by side. He still has a wicked sprint and beat me by a bike length. I am sure he will post himself on facebook multiple times this week so it might be a bike and a half. HAHA. Anyway, Charon came in for second, and I finished a satisfying 3rd. So Cal Masters’ riders should be very proud with the speed of racing. In the last couple of years, everyone has raised their game and it is making for some awesome racing.