It started out as another nice warm day out in Ontario. From the beginning I knew I was going to have my hands full to win again as I did previously a month ago. The attacks started from the gun and the racing was very aggressive the entire time. The CashCall team always has like 10 guys so they attacked two at a time the entire race. My strategy had to be a little different since I didn’t have any teammates in the race. I can’t follow 20 moves that go up the road, so my plan was to sit and wait for the break to go. Then, once I felt that the break was going to stick, I’d bridge across solo.
I did this for the first time and quickly realized it was going to be a very frustrating day when the two CashCall riders immediately sat up once I bridged across to them. This of course made everyone else in the break sit up. I got a little upset but at the same time I was a little flattered because they must have been afraid of me. I guess they figured they needed three or four teammates instead of just two to stop me! A very interesting race strategy that I’m not really a fan of.
Needless to say that break got caught. Then there were more attacks and another break formed. Once again I just sat and waited until it got about 10 seconds and then I jumped hard to bridge across. As I expected two CashCall riders that were in the break immediately stopped working once they saw me. This not only angered me but everyone else in the break that had worked hard for it to succeed. It go a little heated at times to say the least. At that point though I think the field was so tired from the heat and the nonstop attacks that they just sat up and let us go.
For the remainder of the race it was just all of us playing games caused by CashCall’s tactics to not work, sit on and then think it would be a good idea to attack so they could ride in the wind for a couple of laps. Once Stefano Barberi (CashCall) bridged up then I got worried because I knew that he is the best out of all of them and had the legs to win. He played a great move attacking when he did. They had three guys attacking all of us so at that point I just couldn’t respond.
On the last lap I had to just take the front because with all the games everyone was playing it was too risky to try to be at the back which would have been the best place to be on the last lap. I led it out from about one K to go and started sprinting as soon as I was out of the last corner only for one guy to come around me. I’ll take that. I had to do a lot of work in that race and was honestly surprised that everyone didn’t come around me in the sprint because I expected them to.
All in all it was a good aggressive day of racing that challenged me mentally and physically. That’s what you want out of a bike race. I look forward to doing the series again next year.