The ridiculous things we do to capture upgrade points.Driving three hours round trip to Sacramento for a 40 min crit.
It was a full field of 75 riders and to make a long story short, with one lap to go I was in 4th place with about 500 meters to go and the front few guys started to slow so the decision was to go or wait. I knew it was early but if I waited I ran the risk of getting swarmed so I elected for glory. There was a technical turn with about 250 to go and I had a good gap off the front and could see the promise land. I hit the gas coming out of the turn but got passed with about 5 meters to go and I thought I could hold on for 2nd but got nipped at the finish. Was hoping for the win but satisfied with a podium and more importantly earned a few points.
Desperately seeking Cat 3,
Video curtesy of Greg Price. Happy that CJ did not ride like that.
Photo: Alex Chiu Photography
Quick update.. always a fun “dust-off”, Cal Aggie is usually the first race of the season for me. Rolling out solo for Thirsty Bear, my new San Remo skinsuit felt fast, even sitting still.
With just me, I played this race differently than if I had teammates. I was trying to get breaks going off the front, but not doing any work on the front. Nick Theobald, Safeway, had several attacks as I also did. Nothing strong was sticking. The field let breaks with unknown riders (Rio Strada & such) roll off the front, but the legitimate strong-man breaks were pulled back rather quickly (bummed.)
I was resigned to staying towards the front at the end and placing as high as I could at the end in a bunch sprint. I came through the final chicane and motored up the right-hand side, passing a bunch of riders (I was about 10th wheel off the turn) and nipped a former teammate for 5th place at the line. Best placing for me at Cal Aggie and a perfect day and venue for a race.
Chuck Hutchinson (Marc Pro), Chris Espy (Specialized), Jeff Galland (Zipz), Dave Albrecht (Zipz), and me were the top 5.
Many thanks to: Susie, Chris & Maciek for great SAG support!
Thanks to our great Coast Ride sponsors:
Achieve Performance Training & Coaching, Chamois Butter, Zealios skincare, GU gels, Hint water, Muscle Milk, Nature’s Bakery Fig bars, Osmo Nutrition, Sports Basement, Strava, ZEGO bars, Zico, Coconut water, 18 Rabbits bars
Special Thanks to: Scott Witthoff for organizing an amazing Coast Ride!!
Photo courtesy of David Cheung. Click for more pictures from the race
Men 35+ 1/2/3 Race Report by Greg McQuaid
With Phipps racing in the 45+ field for the first time, a bunch of other strong 45+ guys seized the opportunity and decided to race with the 35+ youngsters instead!
The field was stacked with Kevin Metcalfe, Dan Martin and Nick Theobald definitely being the guys to watch. Piers and I planned to conserve as much as possible for the first two-thirds, figuring about 10 strong guys would still be around with 1K to go.
And that’s pretty much what ended up happening. We knew Dan Martin would go at some point but thought it would probably be earlier. Instead he launched a blistering attack that nobody could match. With Dan’s teammate Nick just following wheels, Scott Bromstead, Piers and I tried to give chase to no avail. With 500m to go the field had completely shattered and we limped across the line with me in 4th and Piers in 6th.
Afterwards Piers and I played a game of coulda, shoulda, woulda but ultimatly its hard to complain with a good hard race and sub 16min times. It was January 1st after all…onwards and upwards to 2014!
Super woman Tanya flyes to the finish!!
Tanya’s great start of 2014 season winning at San bruno Hill Climb.
Women Cat 3/4 Elite
1. Tanya Fredricks
9. Leila Cavanaugh
Men 35+ Cat 1/2/3
4. Greg McQuaid
6. Piers (Batman) Barry – missing his Robin…which would have made all the difference 😉
Men 45+ Cat 1/2/3
1. Chris Phipps
2. Hans Gouwens
3. Dan Quirk – Great start for our new team member at Thirstybear Cycling.
6. Gardie Jackson
Men 55+ Cat 1/2/3
8th – Alan Roberts
Overall results click here
San Bruno Hill Climb Strava Segment: