The third stage which was the criterium at the San Dimas Stage Race and it was a hard race. The 90 minute race started and I went to the front as soon as possible because I knew it was going to be hard. The course had a uphill part where the group normally went single file and super hard. Then the down hill part came where you couldn’t rest that much because then you would lose positions and finish in the back.
The peloton was going fast, so it was hard for breaks to stick. After I followed some moves, I realized that breaks we’re going to be hard to stick, so I focused on staying in the front of the peloton waiting for the field sprint. In the last laps, a beak with a good number of guys went up the road. But the yellow jersey’s team went to the front and started riding to bring them back a couple of laps later.
When they brought that back, another break with 3 riders went up the road with 3 laps to go. Jelly Belly went to the front and started the lead out and I was top 10, trying to stay in the front and in good position for the sprint. With one lap to go, Jelly Belly kept leading the field and on the downhill, my teammate Dave Santos past their train and I was on his wheel. Dave went all-in into the last corner where I took the turn first and started my sprint. At the end of the sprint I ended up in 3rd and gave the team the second podium of the weekend.
I want to thank all the team sponsors, Quality Post my personal sponsor, my teammates and team behind the riders make in this program possible.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, 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.