After a few of us taking the prior weekend off from racing, and a few getting over a nasty cold, we were ready to ride hard this weekend. The team got together before the start of the race with our team manager Paul Abrahams and went over the tactics for the day. Not sure if it was because it was Easter Sunday, but Paul was a bit lenient and relaxed on the tactics for the race. The plan was simple. “Have fun”. And that we did.
Although it was Easter, the race had an awesome turn out and we had tons of family and support to make this special day feel like a holiday still. The race was staged and everyone was ready to go. We got a few laps in and it seemed as though everyone was waiting for the attacks. Finally, Devan Dunn was tired of sitting around and ripped up the cross wind section in attempt to get something started. And that’s exactly what happened. The flame was lit and the attacks came left and right. I found myself in a couple of moves but the pack just didn’t want to let up.
At one point about 50 minutes into the race, I found myself in what seemed to be a serious breakaway with two of my Cashcall Mortgage teammates Stefano Barberi, and Devan Dunn, along with about four other riders. The group was working hard and we got into lap cards. I looked up at teammate Devan Dunn and he said save some for the end. Upon my way to the back of the break I saw my other teammate Stefano Barberi, who told me the same thing. It was in my hands to come through for the team and I was ready. But as we rounded the last turn with 5 laps to go the peloton had caught us.
I was a bit surprised but this was no time to relax. We got together and began the lead out train. Riders were attacking as they feared another sprint with our dominating sprint reputation. But the team drove it hard and got it under control. We were lined up now with 2 laps to go and at the front of the pack. Riders were hungry for Justin Williams wheel and riding aggressive to get in position but I wasn’t going to let it go that easy. With one lap to go things were looking good and we were rounding the final turn. The lead out was perfect and Justin sprinted for victory with Lee Muse in for 4th. It was a great holiday spent with my team, family, and the Cashcall Mortgage Cycling Team supporters. I wouldn’t have spent it any other way.