We did four laps, and each lap I went hard on the steep climb. Each lap, the number of guys at the top of the climb was smaller. On the feedzone hill on lap three, I snuck away and thought I might be gone, but after about 5 to 8 minutes the group was there with Archer on the front.
On the fourth lap, we had a decent break at the top of the steep hill with George and Steve Archer, and we worked as a threesome for maybe 10 minutes to stay away, but I don’t think Steve really wanted to get away with us. So, a group of about 20 coalesced, and we prepared mentally for the climb up Barloy Canyon Road.
Once there, Steve went to the front, and I got on his wheel and stayed there. At 1KM, he punched it once or twice on the steeper pitches and I had no problem hanging. I looked back and saw that we had gapped everyone. I was feeling comfortable. I jumped at about 125 meters, and entered the finishing chute with a small gap, but everyone was screaming “Go Steve! Go Steve!” because Steve has fans wherever he goes, and he came around me in the final meters. (Perhaps it was Steve’s tenacity and strength that powered his sprint and not the cheers.)
Next time–if there is a next time–I won’t wait so long. I could have made the finish much harder by going earlier and/or attacking several times. That might not have made a difference (and perhaps if I had tried that approach, I’d be saying, “I should have waited until the end to go”).