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Sprinter King Jan takes 3rd at San Rafael Sunset Criterium

Impressive result by Thirstybear p/b Akamai rider Jan Weissenberger Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com
Impressive result by Thirstybear p/b Akamai rider Jan Weissenberger Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com

 

San Rafael Criterium

Masters 35+ 1/2/3
Teammates: Alan Roberts
Place: 3rd
To be honest I was not looking forward to this crit. I stayed away from it last year because of all the sketchy riding the previous year (2013). This race had become a sketchy crit that everyone wanted to win.
Ready to release the horses! Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com
Ready to release the horses! Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com
Mike’s Bikes ended up saving this event which was almost cancelled. Mike’s stepped in the place of the previous promoter. They kept the great vibe going. This year the racing was very safe and I am so happy I raced it.
The field was quite big as they grouped the 45+ with the 35+ racers. I think we had a total of 60-70 racers. Mike’s had about 9 guys in the field and Chronus also had 6 guys. My plan was to just ride relaxed and wait for the finish. And if anything dangerous got up the road to try and bridge up to it.
Lets go 400 watts. Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com
Lets go 400 watts. Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com
The race was very fast from the gun. Mike’s did a great job attacking and keeping the pace high. Also on the front of the field were Craig Roemer, Chris Evans and Kevin Metcalf keeping things strung out. Dana Williams got off the front with about 30 min to go, but he was pulled back by Chris Evans and Craig Roemer, and the Chronus guys helped out a bit too. I settled in for the final sprint. With 4 to go I had Alan right in front of me keeping me out of the wind. We lost each other in the next two laps. With two to go I knew I had to be close to top 15 so I moved up a bit. With bell lap I was in good position. We sprinted up the little hill and I was slotted in behind Dana Williams and Mark Niiro. We came off the downhill with a good amount of speed and Dana ended up winning ahead of Mark (2nd place)  and myself (3rd place).
Lets push it even more! Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com
Lets push it even more! Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com
I was quite happy with this race and how it played out. The group of riders were all very respectful of each other and no one rode sketchy. The atmosphere was so great. There were a ton of spectators out.
Strong finish sees Jan Weissenberger finish 3rd Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com
Strong finish sees Jan Weissenberger finish 3rd Photo: Alex Chui acaurora.smugmug.com

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