The CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team members were excited to have a local race after many weekends on the road. The San Marcos Crit is a longer, four turn course with a serious climb after turn 3 which heads straight into the headwind and a false-flat finish. The nature of the course lends itself to breakaway’s and minimizes the opportunity for racers to “sit in” for a sprint finish.
The team roster for the day included Lee Muse, Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Devan Dunn and Michael Weicht. The riders took turns initiating or joining attacks. Lee and Brian spent 30 minutes in one 4-rider move that the field just was not content letting go. As the peloton chased it down and the reshuffle happened, Devan launched a brutal attack on the field, creating a solid solo gap. The chase ensued and Michael covered another solo rider attempting to bridge to Devan. Michael eventually shed his companion to bridge to Devan solo where the two began a team time trial to the finish. Devan came around the corner first to win the event with Michael close behind in 2nd.
With the last spot on the podium yet to be decided, Brian and Lee worked together to get Lee ready for the bunch sprint. The finish is a difficult one in that the group goes full gas up the climb which turns right onto the false flat. You can not see the finish from there as it is around a turn. At the turn, you see the 200m to go sign but many riders are already spent from their efforts. Brian and Dave worked to position Lee for the sprint, where he placed 2nd – 4th on the day. Dave was right there in 6th.
Here are some great FLICKR photos of the race!