With the year coming to an end the Vacaville Grand Prix is one of the last big races of the season and is also this years State Championship. After a very successful few weeks the Herbalife p/b Marc Pro – Strava boys were chomping at the bit for a chance at another result. An hour before the start the team huddled under the tent while Phil gave us the pre race talk, we would ride for the field sprint (which was good news for me) unless we could stack a favorable break. The Vacaville course is one of the best courses around, with a sizable hill and technical back side, the racing is fast and dynamic with an good chance of a break staying away. From the gun the racing was on with our guest rider Tim Rugg hurling himself off the front at every chance possible and the rest of the team covering moves and keeping me up front. As the laps ticked down the chance of a bunch gallop became more evident. With 5 laps remaining the H24 train took control with me sitting comfortably on the back, with our entire team on the front I got an armchair ride and didn’t have to waste any extra energy fighting for position. Everything was going to plan until three laps to go when Matt Rodriguez (Airgas – Safeway) shot off the front with a furious attack up the hill. After soloing the final three kilometers of the Winters Road Race the day before we knew that if anyone could steal the show it would be him. The boys kept their cool and upped the pace, knowing that if we didn’t bring him back, no one would. Coming through on the bell lap Rodriguez still had a 10 second lead and was turning himself inside out to not only win the race but possibly seal the CalCup overall title. with our train down to its final couple riders Matt Chatlaong took the front and went absolutely ballistic leading into the hill, the second Chatlaong started to slow my last man Josh Carling opened his sprint and made the catch with around 800 meters remaining. At this moment the Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Coffee train jumped hard taking the lead in hopes of delivering their all star sprinter Garrett Hankens to victory. I dove into their train slotting in third wheel. Coiming into the final 90 degree turn James Laberge (Champion System – Stan’s Notubes) opened up his sprint and dove into the inside and opened up a small gap over the final TMB rider and myself. Knowing James could easily win the race with this move I jumped and made contact with him, I kept my momentum up and came past with 200 meters to go and was able to hold it to the line for the win and the State Criterum title. Watching my teammates turn them selfs inside out, knowing I could finish the job makes the win much sweeter. Im now leading the Cal Cup series with one race remaining.