The 2012 addition of the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix was another exciting event. Being an NCC race, all teams were limited to a 6-man roster. Although this course favors a sprint finish, we were playing our cards at a break away. Devan Dunn, Michael Weicht and Stefano Barberi each animated the race and rode into breakaways, but none of these moves got enough traction to stay away from the hard-chasing field.
Never content to be complacent, Devan Dunn made the race really exciting by being in two breakaways. The second of the two stayed ahead of the field until he and his breakaway partner Eric Marcotte (Elbowz) were swarmed by the field with a lap and a half remaining in the race. Lee Muse, Wes Holloway and David Santos had worked hard to allow the break to stick, but with the work of Mountain Khakis and Full Circle to set their sprinters up for the finish, Devan was reeled in.
Ken Hanson of Optum Pro Cycling won the 90 minute criterium and Ricky Escuela of Full Circle was 2nd. Our highest placed racer was David Santos in 15th. Official results HERE.
To follow are excellent race photos from Danny Munson of Dmunsonphoto.com.