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Impressive Team Effort See Jan Weissenberger Get Podium at Bariani Road Race 35+ 123

70 Miles – 5 laps

Teammates: Chris P., Jason G., Ken G., Dan Q.
about 70 starters
Riders of note: Andres Gil, Dean LaBerge, Mike Sayers, Larry Nolan, Chris Baker, Chris Espy, Jason Boynton, Scott Penzarella
Result: 3rd

Ken, Chris and I carpooled to Bariani. On the way we discussed how we would like the race to play out and talked a little strategy. There was a chance for an omnium prize since we had finished 2nd the day before at the Crit. All we had to do was to beat Mike Sayers and we would get the omnium prize. That was one of our goals. The other goal was to get a high placing in the race. Ken, Chris and Jason were free to get into breaks. If it looked like a field sprint then save ourselves for an attempt at a lead out for me.
8:05am the whistle blows and we are off. The field was big for these small skinny roads as center line rule was in full effect, except by the run into the finish about 2.5km. The rest of the course was a bit rough with potholes, tight and narrow so really hard to move up. Specialized had 6 guys, Folsom Bike had 7 guys, LangeTwins had 6 guys, Studio Velo had 5 guys.
Lap 1 –  was pretty uneventful and we all just rolled it and everyone got a look at the course. It was a bit chilly at the start, but would warm up by our finish.
Lap 2 – was faster and about 1/4 of the way into the lap I ended up flatting my front tire. Dan stopped with me, gave me his front wheel. I look up and Chris is waiting for me. Chris and I chase back on to the back of the field in less then 5 minutes, few that was close…Chris did all of the work, so that I could just sit on. We then move back up through the field to seek shelter and recover a bit. As we come by the finish Dan rides up next to me and says hey I got a wheel I am back too. Awesome. We were all back in it.
Lap 3…Chris flats and chases back on solo, otherwise pretty uneventful.
Lap 4 – Much of the same, but we have Ken and Jason riding near the front jumping into break attempts and just watching that nothing gets away with out us in the move. The course is really pretty bumpy with a lot of pot holes and lose gravel.
Lap 5 – Here is where the fun starts. We are all together and it looks like it is going to come down to a field sprint. I have saved my energy for the sprint to try and get a good placing for our team. Ken and Jason are still near the front and setting a nice tempo. Then all of a sudden I feel my rear tire going soft. I am like ‘oh nooooo’. I ride up to the front and tell Ken and Jason I have a flat.
Jason reacts and attacks the field, while Ken stops with me. I asked him ‘hey do you have Shimano’, referring to the pedals, he says ‘yes’, referring to his components and not pedals. I take his bike and start pedaling as I see Chris, again, waiting for me. Well I didn’t realize Ken’s bike is not only TOO big but also I can’t clip in. I sit on Chris at 30mph out of the saddle and not being able to get into the pedals. Shit. We get close to the pack and Dan is just off the back waiting for us. I asked him if he had Shimano pedals, he says ‘yes’. So I say ‘ok lets switch bikes’. He hands me his bike, and then Chris and I chase the field for what seemed like an eternity. His bike still a little too big for me but at least I could get into the pedals and somewhat be able to sit down. We get back onto the field with about 4KM to go. I move right up to the front. We make the last right hand turn into the finishing straight of 3km. Specialized is on the front setting pace. With 500m to go I am in decent position. Mark Anderson is on my right and I have Mike Sayers in my sight as well as Chris Baker from Specialized. At 150 to go the sprint starts. All of the sudden I see Mark going down pretty hard right next to me (oh no…Marks a good friend of mine).  I start my sprint, but a little too late as Chris Baker, Specialized, wins, and Mike Sayers finished just in front of me. I ended up 3rd.

I am not a quiter!! Jan gets 3rd after 2 flats.
After 2 flats, riding on a bike that was not his, Jan Weissenberger sprinted to win! Photo: Alex Chiu Photography.
After 2 flats, riding on a bike that was not his, Jan Weissenberger sprinted to win! Photo: Alex Chiu Photography.
BUT WOW that was a day of errors and such awesome teamwork, I was left speechless by the selflessness by all my teammates. A thank you just didn’t seem enough by any stretch. Luckily I had the beer I won from the Crit with me which we all shared right after we got back to the cars. What a day.

Amazing team efforts pays of at the end. Chris, Ken, Jan, Dan and Jason celebrating Jan’s podium spot.
Also, a special thanks to our sponsors: Osmo Nutrition, City Cycle, Trek Bikes, Castelli Clothing,



Ever seen “The Man With One Red Shoe”? I’m the racer with one black leg warmer. Look closely at one of the photos above… I managed to get the other one off about 6 miles down the road.

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