It has been awhile since I have raced Barrio Logan. I think my last time doing it was 5 years ago as a junior. I got to the race early and watched every race before mine, trying to figure out how to win our race. Every race seemed to end with a break up the road and I knew the P1/2 race would too.
When we had our team meeting, the ultimate goal was for me to win, but if we had good numbers in the break we would ride it. When the race started, there were moves going but no one would ride together. I didn’t bother going across since I knew they would not stick.
I waited for guys to start getting tired and then I started following the larger groups that would get off the front of the peloton. With about 30 minutes to go, there was a break with about 11 guys up the road with my teammate David Santos included. I found Brian McCulloch and we rode across to it and no one else could follow. When we got there, we started driving the break and then I flatted. I went to the pit, got a wheel jumped back in to the break.
Some of the riders started telling me to go back to the peloton because I wasn’t in the break. I took offense to it and it only made me want to win even more. As we come around to the finish the race announcer told me to go back to the peloton and exit the break. I did not listen because I knew I was in the break so I stayed put. With 5 laps to go, my teammate Fabrizio Von Nacher came across to the break and at this point I knew we would win.
Going into 1 lap to go, Brian had been on the front for several laps setting the pace and David Santos took over initiating the lead out. I stayed on Fabrizio and he did a killer lead out, beating the Gritters brothers to the last 2 turns and putting us right where we needed to be. Around the last turn, I opened up my sprint and brought home the win for the team. I would like to thank all the sponsors and the people who make this program possible. The team did a great job and I look forwards to helping them win as many races possible.
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.