The criterium was the first of four stages of the Sea Otter Stage Racee. In your typical NorCal field, we would have gladly welcomed the extremely technical and windy nature of the course. However, we were lining up against three of the best domestic professional teams in the country: Bissel, Exergy, and RealCyclist.com. We knew exactly how the race would play out. The strongmen of the pro teams would get to the front immediately, and put in an all-out effort through the two harpin turns and over the power climb with a cross-wind. We couldn’t do anything to stop them. About 5 laps into the race, most of the field had exploded and most of our team ended up in the same chase group. Frank Spiteri was the sole member of Marc Pro – Strava who was able to hang with the front group. The rest of us organized at the front of our chase group and took turns attempting to pull us back to the leaders… to no avail. On a very positive note, we organized ourselves very quickly, and worked extremely well together. This will definitely help us against our NorCal foes in the future.
Sea Otter Classic 2011 – Criterium Race Report P1/2
My Dad was a national champion in the duathlon,and he got me into bikes at an early age. Unfortunately I don’t get my athletic endurance from him. I started racing when I was 11, and I’ve held a USA Cycling license since then. I got more serious about racing once I moved from Allentown, PA to Lake Tahoe in 2004. Since then, my cycling-related goals have shifted a bit. As one of the original members of the team, I love seeing the positive evolution and success that we’ve had over the years. Now I live in Vista, CA with my wife who is a Physical Therapist. I work a lot of hours from home, where I started my own eCommerce brand selling a wide variety of bike parts online.