Rand Miller? How do you write a blog??? This is my first go at it. My name is Matt Chatlaong, and some of you may know me as this guy:
There was two consecutive weekends in January/February of 2014 that really had me rumbled. Started the year off with a crash at Cal Aggie, then one week later made it known to all who, “Didn’t know pork chops were so flexible…” (Kessler – if you haven’t met him don’t do it) that yes indeed; pork chops are THAT flexible. So how do I not be that guy forever? I don’t think that there is a valid answer to that question, but I can at least have fun knowing I got famous!?
That face started spring semester the next day, and the real challenge for me had nothing to do with my face or my Cal Aggie road rash but with the fact that this semester, I was going back to being a full time student and panicking about my schedule. Not that it was too much to handle or anything like that, but there was this monstrous event called #MPSCAMP2014 that was supposed to separate the boys from the men and our entire team was peaking for it. Yes, that’s right, we only wanted to be fit for big rides.
Camp was a success, and coming out of there I knew I was feeling satisfied with my fitness to training ratio. Red Kite was the next race on the list for me, while teammates Nick Schaffner and Jonathan Teeter were down smashing at the Madera Stage Race. Matt Mckinzie, Jared Kessler, and the one and only Chuck Hutcheson were at Red Kite to work together to get one of us sweet victory. I must say, it’s quite nice to race with Mr. Hutcheson instead of against him; this is a summary of the last two years of my racing career:
Jared spent most of the race riding at a good recovery/endurance pace off the front, either by himself or with one other rider. I saw Taylor Cody (VuMedi Sports) with him at one point, Dave Grumpy Grundman (Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada – and I saw Taco Bell on the new kit too!!??) as well, and a few others. Flurries of breakaways occurred throughout the race, and I tried to stay active near the front to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
A final breakaway with a few too many riders and not enough watts came back with two to go, and it became time to focus on a field sprint. Jared, Chuck, and Matt did perfect work to keep things together, and Jared brought me up to Chuck on the last straight before the finish turn. Dana Williams (Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator) came out of the turn first, Chuck next, then a Squadra SF rider, then myself. I managed to make up good ground in the < 150m sprint, and grabbed myself the win! Here is a shot of the podium: