The Dana Point Grand Prix is one of the biggest races of the year for any Southern Californian cyclist. There are only a few races during the year that the Cat 2 racers get to race against each other without the Pros and the Cat 1s in the mix, and Dana Point is one of them. Before the season started I wrote down my goals for the year and one of them was to win the Cat 2 race at Dana Point. The course is challenging but incredibly fun. It consists of six turns with two slight uphill sections.
For some reason, in every category this seems to be one of the fastest races of the year. Last year’s Cat 2 race was the most difficult race I have ever competed in. I have never had a race with a higher average heart rate, and that includes all of the Pro/1/2 races I have done. Last year I finished a disappointing eighth place. [Read more…]