San Marcos Criterium – Santos 2nd, By Sergio Escutia

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Last Sunday, the team raced the San Marcos Criterium in the city of San Marcos, California. It is a really peculiar course, but very simple in its essence; not many turns, a little downhill and a little uphill just before the finish.

We were only 4 riders riding for the KHS- MAXXIS p/b JAKROO team; Brian McCulloch, Dave Santos, Steven Davis and myself. The plan was very simple, but required commitment. We needed to put 2 guys in the breakaway and have a rider in every move that seemed appropriate. When the race started, many riders tried to breakaway but we were in a good spot to react.

After many tries, two guys from Predator made a small gap and I noticed that one of those riders was Orlando Garibay who is strong rider and very good sprinter – he finished 3rd in last week’s race behind Bahati and Fabi. I went with the move and a BMW Devo rider went with me.

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We started getting a bigger and bigger gap, until I realized that this break was “the break” of the day. Still chances were against us because in the break, Predator had two guys and one of the fastest sprinters in the field. Our team knew that and we started to play smarter. We needed another rider in that move and Dave Santos was the man that was able to close the gap with other few riders. Once Dave joined the break,  we went harder to secure the gap with around 20 minutes left of racing. When we had 4-5 laps to go, the attacks started to come especially in the hilliest section of the race. One of those attacks came just one lap to go from Orlando – a brave but dangerous move. I knew Dave has a very powerful sprint too and without Orlando, the chances of winning would be greater, so I started chasing with all I had to close the gap as much as I could.

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At the end I came really close to Orlando just at the bottom of the climb with about 600 meters to the finish line. My job was done and everyone reacted and prepared for the sprint. Dave did a great Job and got a very close 2nd place to Sean Mazich of Jelly Belly.

The whole team did a great job and we are looking forward to the next race.

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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.

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