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Jan “Winsprinter” to take Second at Santa Cruz Classic Masters 35+ 123

Congratulations to Matt Carinio. Jan Weissenberger 2nd and Scott Bromstead third.
Congratulations to Matt Carinio. Jan Weissenberger 2nd and Scott Bromstead third.

Originally we were planning to field 4 Thirsty Bears, Neil, Ken, Gardie and me, but as things happen it was only Neil and me for the Masters race this time. We were definitely out numbered looking around at the start line seeing that Mike’s Bikes had 9 guys, Squadra had 6 guys. We would have to watch the moves going up the road and make sure we were at least covering them. One good thing was that Matt Carinio and Craig Nunes of Art’s Cyclery were in the race and always race aggressively. The first 25 minutes several Mike’s Bikes riders were trying to get off the front. Then a chase would ensue, and we would either have a small break of the field would be back together.

Mike’s Bikes controlling the front with Neil checking it out.
Mike’s Bikes controlling the front with Neil checking it out.

Craig did a lot of work throughout the entire race either chasing things down or towing the field. Matt and I were in several moves together, but no one was committed to work and everything was brought back. With the lap cards counting down I stayed near the front, but out of the wind. Mike’s bikes did their lead out starting on the last lap with Squadra right behind them. So I was about 9 riders back from the front. I told myself that is too far back you gotta move up. So I slotted myself in right behind the Mike’s lead out. Coming into the last corner one of the Mike’s guys clips his pedal and goes down causing a moment of hesitation. Our speed slows just enough for the group to get closer to the front guys going up the hill into the stiff headwind. I knew I had to wait to start my sprint otherwise I would be leading it out. I jump off Scott’s Bromstead’s wheel and have a clear line to the finish, when I hear the whoosh whoosh of Matt’s wheels and he gets me at the line. Matt Carinio wins with me second and Scott Bromstead in third.

Thanks to our sponsors: Osmo Nutrition, City Cycle, Trek Bikes and Castelli

 

Neil Bartley in the right element
Neil Bartley in the right element
Congratulations to Matt Carinio for a great sprint finish!
Congratulations to Matt Carinio for a great sprint finish!

 

Thirsty Bear Mascot – will be permanently mounted on Jan’s handlebars.
Thirsty Bear Mascot – will be permanently mounted on Jan’s handlebars.

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