First race of the year for Marc Pro – Strava. It just so happens that its in my hometown. To bad its a foggy and misty wet day. I was able to warm up on the roads that I learned how to ride a bike on. Nice to have a low pressure race thats right around the corner from my parents house. It was like the first day back at school.
Race started off with me missing my clip in and wishing I had double sided pedals. A large breakaway went from the gun. I patiently worked my way up through the field into a proper postion. The initial breakaway got pulled back around lap 3. I counterattacked with no hope of staying away and noticed I had two followers on my wheel (Rand Miller from Webcor and Evan Huffman from Cal Giant). Adam Switters bridged the gap to the breakaway. Now we were four riders strong. Still not guaranteed that we were staying away. Half way through the race there was a small crash in the main field at the hairpin turn. Friends and family on the side lines cheering. Roads starting to get more wet. Evan Huffman staring at his power meter and leading the us out for the finish. I was second wheel with Adam and Rand behind me coming out of the final corner. Waiting for them to come around and hoping that I could respond quick enough. Rand seems to have gone first with Adam on his wheel. Adam squeaks by Rand to take the win with me coming in third and Even coming in fourth.
Thank you Jen, family, and friends for coming out and cheering. It really means a lot.
Link to Michael Hernandez blog of the race. NorCal Cycling News