Monday, April 19, 2010

Sea Otter Wrap Up

Image Courtesy of Brian at VeloImages
Riders Tim Farnham and Adam Carr

The criterium was a bit of a challenge as one team consisted of 10 of the 27 starters. They used their numbers to their advantage launching attack after attack. We did out best to keep the groups behind chasing and there are a few photos of us leading that group.

Farnham: 9th
Carr: 19th

Road Race:
Riders Tim Farnham, Adam Carr, and Matt Landen

The Road Race was an amazing course. 9 laps of "the wall" on Fort Ord proved to be a lot of climbing and an exciting finish. The first time up the wall was fast and furious. Splintering the group. But all three of us made it up and over. However the second time up another attack split the peloton into several groups. Matt Landen and myself were in the main groupetto of about 20 riders. At the base of the climb for the third time, I could see the leaders and rode as hard in hope to catch them. Just after we crested a group of 8 rolled through and caught on to the leaders. Unfortunately, Matt was caught in traffic and the group split in front of him. Attack after attack was launched as riders tried to bridge up to the couple riders off the front. I just sat on and tried to ride wheels. In the end, the 2 mile climb broke up the group of 20 riders.

Farnham: 13th
Landen: 27th

Circuit Race:
Riders Tim Farnham, Adam Carr, Matt Landen, and Eric Bennett

Just as the other 2 races went, it was dominated by large team tactics. Attacks started form the gun and it was up to the smaller teams to chase. We did a great job of fighting for position and not letting groups get away. But 50 minutes into the 2 hour race, I flatted and was unable to catch back on to the group. Adam Carr was working hard for us chasing down attacks and getting water for us. In the end, Landen and Bennet put in great efforts to chase but paid for it later on, but still managed to finish with the pack.

Matt Landen 25th
Eric Bennet 26th