This past Sunday we raced the Brentwood Grand Prix. This is a 6-turn 1.7 mile criterium, very near to the city of Santa Monica. We had six guys representing KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO and were very excited for the opportunity to be really aggressive. With a six man squad, we could be on the offensive and hopefully dictate the tactics of the race.
To add to our excitement in the ability to be aggressive, we were truly ecstatic when the very rare to southern California weather began to fall from the sky -Rain. With our full squad, all of which had been racing nationally at a very high level, we knew that the race could be seized early on. Add the rain, a semi-technical course, and a strong-willed field of competition we knew this would be a good race. The goal was to shred or even split the field, while attacking as much as possible throughout. We had options to set up a winner from the breakaway or at the very least making others work really hard while Fabrizio Von Nacher stayed relatively safe and fresh.
The race began from the gun and we did our best to control the pace by putting 5 guys on the front, keeping the pace high while keeping us safe. Lap after lap and crash after crash, the field began to shrink and the race was playing out as we had hoped. The well-known sprinters were having to work hard to close the gaps and chase back the breakaways. Thanks to our exceptional equipment, the majority of the team had little problem navigating the wet and wild conditions. Just to throw in a reminder to those outside of the California region, it probably last rained in Brentwood when Noah was sailing his Arc through many years ago, making the course an ice-skating, oil-slick circus, that was laughable, of course to those who remained upright.
In the end, the race would result in a sprint finish with a rather significant attrition rate. This meant that Fabi was on stage once again, and as we have come to appreciate, Fabi was there to deliver his best for the day. He finished 2nd place, but he was all so close to getting Rahsaan Bahati on the line. Our hat goes off to Rahsaan, who raced a great race and worked really hard for an effort that paid off. David Santos also finished inside the top ten with another awesome 5th place result, having worked in breaks all day.
After the event, we were in for a treat. Wen Hsieh, owner of KHS Bicycles, had come to watch our race and what it is that he supports so adamantly and passionately. Wen took the entire team and staff out to a great family meal where we shared food, plates, stories, Taiwanese Beer, and smiles with the lesson being that of the ancient Chinese wisdom rooted in “double happiness”. The western idea being that “two heads are better than one”, means that two happinesses are certainly more powerful than one. Maybe it was that Wen is very happy to be a huge part of our success as a team, and the team was truly happy to be able to share our passion and inspirational spirit with all those involved. Never the less, it was a damn good dinner and a great way to spend our Sunday evening with people that have become family, sharing their stoke on life.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.