Funny story actually, I was over at my girlfriends house having breakfast with Amy and her mom Sandra. Sandra asked if I was doing the cccx race later that day. I didn’t think she knew what she was talking about because Im “so on top of it” so I just thought she was guessing, but sure enough she was right. After I told her that I was going to go race that, she asked if there was anything else I need some help with. “no Im ok, I think I got it from here. Thanks though”. I checked the time and saw that my race starts at 3:40 so I had plenty of time. I went home and got all my stuff together for a 70min circuit race.
I got all signed up with the other 15 riders in the p/1/2/3 race. After rolling around to get warmed up, I hung out by the 180 turn to watch the masters race finish. Every one that came up to me thought that I was Matt Chatlaong. All these guys were asking about the team and how my season has been going and if I was the one that won that Budweiser Crit earlier this season. “Nope, that was Matt Chat”. So after a few of the guys in my race talked to me about everything, we went to the start line. And I found out after that most of the riders thought that I was Matt Chat so they were all marking me, not letting me go and just waiting for a sprint finish while other strong riders were attacking and getting reasonable gaps. I just followed wheels, keeping an eye on Jason G. (VuMedi) because I know he is really strong. Some guys would only go to the front on the tail wind section because…well..its a TAILWIND and they would drill it for 20 seconds then swing off. I chased down a few attacks that looked good but wasn’t very aggressive as everyone was still thinking my name was Matt and not Cerruti as it says on the side of our awesome customized Jakroo jerseys. With about 35min to go, we were dropping riders off the back really fast. We got the group down to about 8 riders within a few laps. Then with only about 4 to go is when Gavin M. started razoring on the front and slowly slipped away from me as I was on his wheel. I didn’t think much of it and swung off to let someone else take over. Thats when an integrity racing rider went with him. Once they got into a rhythm, they established a gap and we kept it there with only a few of us rotating and another integrity racing rider blocking in the pace line. I knew we weren’t going to catch them with the 2 laps we had left so I skipped a few pulls to make sure I had something for the uphill sprint finish. With 2 to go, 1 rider went off the front trying to catch the riders ahead of us. On the last lap, I followed wheels that were following those last minute attacks. Right before the 180 turn to go back up to the finish after a short downhill, Jason dropped back behind me. That made me think he was feeling good and thinks he can come around us for 4th. I kept an eye on his shadow ready to pop up at any moment. One rider went for it early, followed that 3rd wheel. The guy in front of me went for it with 200 to go, I stayed seated and waited for him to blow up. He swung off at 100m to go, and thats when I threw everything down that I had left and held off everyone else that was sitting on. I rolled through in 4th place. It was a good training race, really fun to go out there and have some fun and grab a podium spot at one of my local races in monterey.