A beautiful Southern California day brought the racers up to Santa Clarita for a nice, tree lined, 8/10 mile criterium coarse.
Betting on a breakaway to succeed in a 45+ race is almost a sure bet, but the sprinters got their opportunity to shine when nothing would stick. Breakaway from Cancer set up the train, for Meeker with one lap to go, but it was Craig Miller (BBI/SIC) who got the jump on the field and the win. Richard Meeker (Breakaway From Cancer Masters) finished second followed by John Slover (Surf City Cyclery/Sterling BMW) in third.
Some very unnecessary crashes, marred an otherwise good and aggressive race. Many breaks went up the road but the inevitable field sprint would decide it. The winner from three weeks ago at Dominguez, David Perez (Bike Palace), led it out from turn 3 but ran out of gas getting passes by Eric Anderson (OTR Racing). David held on to second and Daniel Gay (Get Crackin’-MS Society) finished third.
The usual fast, aggressive race you expect from the 35+ category. Break after break with nothing really establishing much of a gap until Jamie Paolinetti (Monster Media) put in a solo attack in the closing laps. Jamie built up a good gap of 20+ seconds and looked like a sure victory with one lap to go. Out of the last turn the gap was only a few seconds but Jamie held of the hard charging Charon Smith (Surf City Cyclery/ Sterling BMW) for the win. Charon was second with Chris De Marchi third.
The women raced hard from the whistle and ended up spiting the field in two. Amber Gaffney and Priscella Calderon (SCVELO/Empower Coaching) finished 1-2 followed by Suzanne Sonye (Helens/Cannondale)
The pro race started very fast with a break of 6 going up the road on lap two and opening up a sizable gap. That break took some work to be brought in and was immediately countered. There was never a point when there was not a break up the road and Monster Media managed to put riders in everyone of them. Finally with 10 laps to go Chris De Marchi (Monster Media) and Armin Rahm (Time Factory Team) made the move that would bring them to the finish line in that order uncontested. Julio Mollinedo (Full Circle Cycle) was caught in between but held off the field for 3rd. Rahsaan Bahati won the sprint for fourth from the field.