Did one of my favorite races, men’s health Good ol’Pesky. Been on the podium a few times at this one and it has some of the best climbs and descents of any race out there. We had a good showing of Z teamians and we raced strong as a team. From the get go, website there was a break off the front, cure our man Christian Kearney was representing along with a good mix of other guys. We let it stay off, but didnt want it to get too far up the road in case any problems arose. We took turns riding a tempo on the front keeping the break within 4 minutes of the pack, and it gradually came back to us. A couple of the climbs really hurt, more specifically, when nate went to the front and drilled on the climb after I was riding tempo into it to lead him out and keep him up front to throw down on the hills. We kept this up most of the race, and going into the final climb, the break was within sight. They came back really quickly once the climb began, cal giant on the front setting a hard tempo on the climb. They launched Mattis up the road, no one chased, but things started to fall apart a little at this point. At about 1k to go, Mattis was still alone up the road, I took a quick look around and saw that I had two team mates around me and I wasnt about to let him have victory that easy. I hit the gas and shuffled up the pack a little. My team mate shawn rosenthal was able to hang onto my wheel and we had a good gap in no time. I kept the pace up untill about the 200 meter mark, mattis was close now, but I started to fad. Shawn saw that and started to come around me, I gave him a jolly good push up the road to keep him going, we made it to the line first. Job well done. 3 other guys came by me just before the line, so I didnt quite defend my podium finish this year, but helped get my team the win so a job well done.
Since gas is expensive and im pretty broke, couldnt quite afford to make it to nevada city this week, so I did a training ride with the Pen Velo group ride. It was good to see some of the guys who have been there since the begining for me and have always offered help when I needed it. Other wise, the drive to Ca from Or was pretty boring as usual, but had some good training along the way. In a few more days Nez starts, a little revamped from last year, Im pretty excited to race it again, this year, I hope to stay up right and skip the road rash.
Over the weekend, cardiologist I drove up to Enumclaw Washington to do an an omnium. Drove up there day of, case so I was a bit tired, no rx and made it to be a long day. Didn’t quite have the legs this weekend though, so I didnt manage any great TT results, but had a good time on the course anyways. The touch and go rain was a bit of a nuisance, but i would take that over non stop poring any day of the week. Ian Mckissick had a good ride posting the fastest time of the day and setting himself up in the lead for the omnium. The crit was very not smooth, and seeing that the legs didnt seem to be there I called it a day and hung out in the back of the race, to save a bit for the RR on sunday. The course was a good one though, a nice figure 8.
The road race as a cool course, started out downtown, then headed out to some of the TT course roads before heading up a climb followed by a long straight descent. The roads were fairly narrow so there wasnt a whole lot of moving around the first time around when everyone was everyone together. The 2nd time up the hill, there were a few riders up the road, I went to the front and made a move, accelerated up the hill at full speed. At the 200 meters to the KOM sign, I looked back to see Nick Clayville on my wheel, and a strung out pack with lots of gaps behind that. Kept on the gas and caught up to the 3 guys up the road. We started a paceline as we got over the crest of the hill, and a bobs rider caught up to us and gave a good contribution to our efforts. We stayed away for a lap, but eventually got caught by the first chase group, which made the group way too big and no one wanted to work so the main pack caught us. We went up the hill a few more times, with some attacks, but the only thing that stuck was McKissick flying up the hill again to catch a hagans burman rider and the two of them riding in to the finish. Mckissick eventually soloed in for the win(nice work) leaving the pack to sprint for 3rd place. It was tight as ever moving around in the final 3 k, I seemed to be pinned against the yellow line and couldnt quite find a line to the front of the group so my race was pretty much over and i knew it. I managed to take 15th(lucky 13 in the field sprint) getting 1 omnium point for the weekend. Woot! better than nothing. Did my 98 yr old grandmother shame on her birthday by not winning. Sorry grandma, they did earn it though.