After barely surviving the heat of Dunnigan Hills, Nate, Nick and I cruised into Suisun City for a little cool delta breeze crit race. I was more excited about breakfast than the race of course. Bab’s Delta Diner in Suisun City is a must if you enjoy killer breakfast…just a 5 minute drive from HWY 80 in fairfield.
With the fueling process complete, we found a nice little delta, marsh road to warm up on. We met up with “Chucka” Hutcheson, the feminine name my wife made up for Chuck, pre race for a quick gameplan. Goals included; Win, get me Cal Cup points and make sure Torey Phillip, Cal Cup leader, doesn’t go up the road without me.
The Suisun Harbor Criterium is a great course, 4 corners with excellent pavement, a few bot dots and one narrowing of the road on the back stretch. It’s a short course, .9K Laps, with some wind on the back stretch. The race started out normal, with multiple attacks and small breaks forming often. We were very present in all break attempts with Nate, Nick, Chuck and I taking turns responding and delivering attacks. At one point Torey Phillip (Cal Giant) got a solid gap off the front, and I sat about 10 riders back while Chucka drilled it for three laps on the front to bring it back. I quickly countered the move to reward the excellent teamwork. The move didn’t stick, but Nate, Nick and Chuck continued to follow moves while I sat for about 10 laps waiting to pounce.
I saw a move forming on the back stretch with about 30 laps to go and jumped across. The group had an interesting makeup, but for some reason Cal Giant and Mikes Bikes gave us some leash to work with. I realized this and had the legs sunday to throttle myself. Like my fellow allumni Stewart Scott says “He must be butter, cause he on a roll.” Our break held steady at 20-30 seconds inside 20 laps to go. After taking a hard pull with 6 laps to go, Kurt Wolfgang (SquadraSF) attacked to try and solo for the win. I worked for about 2 laps with my fellow Reno powerhouse Bubba Melcher (Specialized) and then made my move. 3 laps to go and an 8 second gap to Kurt. I took my time bringing him back, knowing that when I caught him I needed enough to attack and win. I caught him with 1 lap to go, sat on his wheel until he attacked on the last turn. I sat in the draft for a second and then pulled around for a bike throw win.
My worker bees all finished inside the top 20, with Chuck taking the field sprint.