MothBalls 45+ Critirium 1st and 3rd Place
The Spy Giant Ride Team Training Camp and My first race weekend did not disappoint. Final score on the weekend – 9 races, 3 victories, 14 top 10 placing’s, 7 top 5 placing’s and a whole bunch of very happy teammates.
I must say, I love my Giant bike and my Spy sunglasses. I also must say I am truly blessed to be on this wonderful team with a bunch of guys that are experienced, talented and happy , with a breadth of acumen for bike racing that was truly impressive.
Michael Marx of Spy is not only a super smart, CEO but also a very strong teammate that came very close to winning the 45+ Poor Boys College race this past weekend finishing 5th in a 8 man break. I won the field sprint for 9th but was relegated by a young official for touching the centerline. Lesson: wait for results before leaving the scene.
Back to the race…12 of us started and lit things up for an average 28 mph pace for our 45-minute race.
Pancake flat and windy. Our plan was to set me up for a win, and have
Johnny Walsh also to be protected for back up. We also had lots of hands to play with so many strong guys like John Hattchitt and Alan Flores, they managed to make things hard weekend. As usual there were lots of moves going up the road and we had guys in them all.
I had Johnny Walsh in one ear saying go up the road. I had Jonny Rondash in my other, saying you are in the sweet spot don’t move, like an angel and a devil on my shoulders. Still not sure who was who!!
One lap to go Teammate Jim Pappe lead it out down the back stretch with John Slover (SCC) and Armin Ramin (TIME) on his wheel. I was coming out of the last corner 4th.
As soon as Jim pulled off the wind was surprisingly hard and we all sat up for half a second. I decided to jump to the outside and go early, thinking I would be caught, I managed to win comfortably. Dennis King (Central Coast was 2nd, with Teammate Johnny “Birthday Boy” Walshy rounding out the podium!