Our team fielded 5 riders at the 90 minute CBR Criterium on Sunday, August 23rd. The plan was simple – we wanted it all: all the money, and all the results. There were eight, $100 cash primes, and one $200 dollar cash prime through out the race on the 4-turn course.
The game plan was to have Fabi and Chris mop up as many primes as possible, and set me up for the win, whether it was in a sprint or breakaway. It felt good to have that responsibility to be the closer, and have the teams trust to deliver. I’ve matured a lot physically and mentally this year, and was ready to get the job done.
The race was a flurry of attacks and breakaways and splits. The team did an outstanding job of covering moves, starting breakaways, bridging to breakaways, and raking in the primes. Everyone was riding extremely well. With about 20 minutes left in the race, there was a group of 3 off the front including Fabi that looked like it could finally be the winning move.
With 5 laps to go, I followed a wheel across to the group making the trio now six. As soon as our group attached to the rear of the original 3, everyone but Chris Waggoner of Spy Giant sat up. I got on his wheel and we rode away from the others. Fabi played the game perfectly by sitting up as they all looked at each other seeing who was going to pull it back. As they hesitated, me and Chris had opened up a gap and were committed to doing work.
As we rolled across the line with 2 laps to go, the announcer screams, “$200 prime on the next lap!” Not wanting to play games for the money and risk getting caught, I knew it was time to go. Chris finished his pull coming out of turn 2, and I launched up the inside of the turn, effectively dropping him.
The next lap and a half were a blur. I remember only quick glimpses and feelings of things. Looking down at my Garmin and seeing over 460 Watts, my lungs forcing gallons of air in and out, my legs feeling like they were machines and just simply pedaling, and lastly, my Director Paul Abrahams screaming, “SPRINT!” as I came around the final corner. I drove to the line, and as I crossed the line I threw my fist in the air, and pounded my chest (doing the Peter Sagan lol). And then all my teammates came up as I gasped for air on the cool down lap just as stoked as I was about what just happened. We won as team! I’m thankful for each of my teammates, and all the support from our sponsors, Director, and of course my family!
Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.
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