San Dimas 2013
by Chris Demarchi (MMRI)
Always a race of separation, when the cream rises to the top! This year would be no different.
The start list was shorter than normal, but as deep as a field could get. This is truly a target race for just about every athlete in the field. The unsaid rule here is race hard or go home!
Friday’s time trial up GMR proved to be exactly what everyone thought it would be. Rudy Napolitano took the top spot with Chris McDonald less than half a second behind. I rounded out the top 8 in the TT and we were only separated by 43 seconds.
The road race was going to be a challenge because we had Rudy in yellow and one of the strongest riders in the field. Taking seconds away from him would be a hard feat. We also had Matt Carinio and Craig Nunes sitting a few seconds back. MRI Endurance went into the race with plans to attack, a back up plan, and a whole lot of unknowns. This race and this course can put the best guys in the box. The race developed rather quickly with some attacks. Rudy, Easter, and the rest of their team remained solid and showed no panic. Time bonuses for us were only an option if they showed up as an opportunity. It was not a plan to waste valuable energy for a few seconds. With 2 laps to go we put Gary Douville into a move with Fritz from Rockform racing. It looked good for us because Gary was only a few seconds off the yellow. Easter jumped after the move and bridged to it. It was our hope that Gary could crack Mike Easter on the final climb and gain a few valuable seconds over him. Mike proved to be as strong as we all thought. He dug deep and won the road race. Gary finished second. That put MRI 8 seconds down going into the crit. [Read more...]