Suisun Harbor Criterium

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Suisun Harbor Criterium ©Alex Chiu

by Adam Switters (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase)

Suisun Harbor is the 4th race of the Cal Cup series put on by Velo Promo. It’s part of a great series of end of the season races that helps keep everyone’s motivations high well into September.

Even though I was leading the series, the intention was for Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase to win the race regardless of who won; if we were able to keep the Cal Cup lead along the way, then that would just be an added bonus.

Luckily, after an extended break in May/June, I’ve managed to come back with some form and I was fairly confident that I could pull off a good result for the team.

After yesterday’s first and third finish at the Dunnigan Hill’s road race, the team’s spririts were flying high. We were obviously in good form and were excited to race a hard aggressive race. With Suisun’s short (just (.5mi long), technical and always windy course, the race was ideal for a breakaway. We came up with a game plan that consisted of us racing aggressive and look for opportunities to stack any potential breaks with Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase team mates.

Starting out at the back of the pack, I quickly realized that the front was the place to be. After moving up, I managed to spend a number of laps solo off the front before getting caught and countered by my flying teammate, Brandon Trafton.

Brandon quickly managed to build up a 15sec gap. After following a few bridge attempts, we caught Brandon and I was surprised to see that 10 of us has extracted ourselves from the field.. My team mate, Eric (Riggs), had joined us to make the Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase riders out of 10 in the break. With 25 laps to go, our break had 15 seconds. With the team so well represented, I know it was going to be hard for the peloton to pull us back.

The next 25 laps were a blur: The break maintained a fast speed, not because of good cooperation, but rather because there was a constant flurry of attacks all the way to the finish. I threw in some good attacks myself, while my teammates Eric and Brandon were rock stars, both attacking and covering every move that went.

Much to our chagrin, the race came down to a sprint between the 10 of us who were in the break. The last lap was chaotic with everyone trying to position themselves for the last corner to set up for the sprint.

Coming into the last corner, sitting third wheel, I jumped through a narrow gap between Ariel Herrman (Metromint Cycling) and my teammate Eric, managing to pull out a few bike lengths gap immediately as the gap closed. With a 200-meter tailwind finish, I was able to sit up comfortably with 50 meters to go and celebrate the win.

I definitely couldn’t have achieved this win without the selfless work of all my teammates (Eric, Brandon, James Laberge, Travis Lyons, and Rainier Schaefer). I also managed to extend my lead in the Cal Cup, which was an added bonus!

Adam Switters is a former professional cyclist and currently races for Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase. He is a USA Cycling Certified Coach is the owner of Switters Coaching. You can check him out at his website http://www.SwittersCoaching.com/. Feel free to comment if you have any ideas for workout or questions.

 

 

 

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