New ThirstyBear team rider Jason Grefrath takes on Cal Aggie Criterium 35+ 123 and Finish 5th
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.