After skipping the snow and cold at boulevard on Saturday,
we decided to just stay at camp and train with the team and finish the week off
with a Crit down in the San Diego area.
With rain in the forecast I was mentally prepared to race in
the wet as we did last year. But the rained held off and that made for a
Justin, Iggy, Danny and I started the 80min crit out
numbered, out powered but not out smarted.
The field was composed of Jelly-Belly (10guys) Virgin Blue
(10guys) Team Type One (10guys) and a bunch of trigger happy local guys putting
the smack down.
I was pretty nervous about how I would feel because being at
camp with Oscar, Pene, and all the other pass Tour De France guys, its like a
mini stage race for me.
However the legs felt great, I actually felt like the race
was pretty easy. I did what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it and that my
friend is a great feeling.
My gut feeling was that the field would split and for sure
there would be a break. After numerous tries none were successful and with 5 to
go the field is together for a field sprint. Iggy and I are now in a position
to set up Justin for the field kick. 3 to go jelly belly is on the front
setting up x-uspro crit champ Brad Huff and with Type 1 and V-blue around it
was very important for us to set up right behind the first lead-out which we
did and with 1 to go I hit hard with Justin on my wheel and passed the jelly
belly guys going as hard as I could taking Justin into the last corner
waaaaaaaaay to hot, however I do believe I got skills, so we made it through up
right and as I started to sprint up the hill, Brad Huff and Jon Cantwell
(V-blue) jumped Justin, that putting him in 3rd position with about
150 to go. As I pulled off I watched Justin go from a all out sprint to sitting
down (I got really nervous) but soon after he stood back up to sprint again. I
later learned he had to sit down to switch to a bigger gear.
Justin passes Huff and Cantwell to takes win #2 of the year
and I have to say he beat some fast guys. Check out the link below...its the finis.
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