Barry Wolfe Grand Prix is one of the highlights on the Southern California racing calendar. With a dynamic course and large cash purse, the field was animated from the gun with multiple breakaways forming early on. Brian McCulloch and Fabrizio Von Nacher were in a great move that lasted several laps, only to be reeled in by the chasing peloton. As the laps ticked away, Brian found himself in another break with Cory Williams and ten other riders. The rest of the peloton looked to Fabi, David Santos and Steven Davis to decide if the move should be allowed to roll away. This would be the move that would stick for the finish where Cory sprinted to victory and Brian had a great sprint finishing 4th. Fabi took the field sprint for 13th.
The women’s race took place just prior to the men’s and the SCNCA Time Trial Champions, crowned the day before, were given call ups to the front of the field. The race promoters put on a great event for the women, matching the prize purse of the men’s at $1,999! This was a great incentive for the ladies to come out and race, and race hard.
Joy McCulloch’s recap of the women’s race: “The field was stacked with 4 teams that had up to 7 riders each, which is actually a good thing because it means there are plenty of riders to do work at the front. After 10 minutes of racing, I knew it would be a field sprint because everyone was welding the attacks back together and there was a stiff tailwind on the backside of the course that allowed things to easily come back. I decided to let the other solo riders and teams capitalize on the primes and committed to following wheels until the finish. I knew that Monster Media would be setting up the lead out train for Shelby Reynolds, so with 5 laps to go I found her wheel and hung tight. As we got closer to the finish, it became apparent that her wheel was the hot spot and riders were doing their best to brush me off of it. Going into the last 2 turns, I was in the perfect spot at the tail of the Monster lead out with the final rider pulling off out of the last turn. I was sitting 3rd wheel into the block headwind, long finishing straight with seasoned sprinters Suzanne Sonye and Shelby Reynolds in front of me. I probably waited a bit too long to try and sprint around Shelby, but the wind was full-on and these girls can sprint! I surely did not want to get passed and lose a podium spot, so I did the best I could in the situation to hold on to 3rd and solid podium finish. Suzanne won the race with Shelby holding onto 2nd. This was a really fun race mentally for me and having the opportunity to race with different tactics and have them pan out was pretty cool!”
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