Saturday, June 16, 2012
Jailhouse Race, Castaic, CA
It was an early wakeup call for an 8:20 AM start for the 45+ event at the Jailhouse Circuit Race. During the 88 mile drive to the race, I was thinking about the ball and chain trophy. I had seen the trophy on Facebook, posted by the Serious Cycling Team, which was promoting the event. It’s a unique trophy and it made me think of the Social Distortion song called “Ball and Chain.” I played it and sang it on the way to the race, which got me ramped up to win the prized trophy.
The original course was supposed to be a 3.75 mile circuit race with a hill, however the course was changed to a 0.7 mile fast, tight, twisty criterium course, which I love. After a 30 minute warmup the Breakaway From Cancer (BFC) team was ready to go. We had a great team showing: Robb Mesecher, Roy Knickman, Ed Morris, Malcolm Hill, Chris Allen, and me. At the start of the race there were a few small jumps by various individuals until finally Roy Knickman got away on his own, hanging out eith to ten seconds for about four laps. A few different teams attempted to jump across to Roy, but to no avail.
With 33 minutes to go, Spy’s John Hiatchett made a strong move. I went with it and was followed by Surf City Cyclery’s John Slover. Hiatchett jumped across to Roy fairly quick, so when we caught Roy, I was sure to give him a pep talk and say, “Get on. Let’s go.”
All four breakaway partners were working like a well oiled machine. I looked back and we had a good 2- second gap on the field. My BFC teammates were doing a great job back in the field because everything was working out nicely. Finally, we saw the lap cards come out with five to go. That helped our break gain even more momentum as we slowly widdled away time from the field.
With three laps to go we could see the back end of the field rounding the corner in front of us, so we were coming close to lapping the field. It was game on, full throttle at that point. On the bell lap we Roy jumped hard into the last corner and went with him. He gave me a great world class leadout down the home straight and I jumped hard with 150 meters to go. I made a sprint for the line, making the ball and chain trophy mine.
What a great venue, a great race, and one of the most fun races that we have done. Great job to all the racers, the officials, the BFC team, and to the Serious Cycling Club and volunteers for an amazing job!