Powerhouse Chris Phipps takes 2nd at Santa Cruz Classic
Had a great time at the Santa Cruz Criterium doing the 35+ 1/2/3 with Phil, then coming back for a workout in the P/1/2 (20 + 39 hard laps = very thirsty Phipps).
Phil & I stayed in the middle of the 52 rider pack for the first several laps, then alternated trying to get in a move, but every time I went there was a Prime Time rider glued to my wheel. With 2 to go it was all together, so I tried one last solo flier up the side and had just a Prime Time (Fonseca I think) on my wheel, but I think he decided to drop back and help his teammates pull me back for LaBerge. So, I was solo for the last 1.5 laps & really thought I was going to win solo, just like last year, but with 50M to go I got caught by LaBerge who got me by a bike length (if only I had worn a skinsuit…)
Anyway, very happy to hold onto 2nd ahead of a hard charging field that included Dan Martin in 3rd & Andres Gil in 4th and I picked up a few Premier Series points on those two. Phil held on for 22nd in this tough field.
In the P/1/2, I sat in for 37 laps, then attacked with 2 to go, but didn’t have the legs. There was a 2 man break about 30 sec ahead that went 1-2 won by Tobin Ortenblad from Bear Development team ahead of pro Ben Jacques Mayne (awesome!)
I got swarmed with 1/2 a lap to go and ended up 29th.