After completing the first part of the race (3:30 wake up call and drive to Milton, Ca), the team met up with a plan that would surely go to shit from the gun. Boom…from the gun a break goes!! HD is our representative. Knowing we needed a bigger presence, and that BJM would likely drive the break all day, we made multiple attempts to get riders up to the break. After a solid job of work by Teeter, Ariel and Matt McKenzie, I made my move to get across. Luckily I had Sam Cerruti and unluckily had to tow Roman up the road. After a long bridge, I made it to the break…simultaneously HD flatted!! Now I was outnumbered 1 to 3 with Mike’s riders. I pulled through as easy as possible to avoid getting attacked and hoped that teammates would soon make it up to us. Sure enough within 10 minutes, I looked back to see Max and Teeter making it across…impressive work by those two!!!
Seemed like a great scenario with 3 MPS riders and 3 Mike’s riders and a handful of single riders. Immediately the group cooperation went to shit. Attacks, people not pulling through, shiny leg pros yelling at everyone…I countered a move that Max closed down and Switters and I were off the front leading into the 2nd climb of the 3rd lap. BJM came across, sat for a whole 10-20 seconds and immediately attacked us. Switters and I decided to let him go and hopefully he would tucker out. The next lap Switters and I traded pulls, while the magnificent sheen faded out of our view. Once the gap was at 1:30, I could tell Adam was taking shorter and softer pulls. I tried to keep the motivation going, but it wasn’t happening.
Half way through the final lap, Roman, Max and a super strong rider from the east coast (couldn’t find results with his name) made it up to us. Roman, Max and I traded pulls, but our other two break companions didn’t want to work anymore and had given up hope to catch BJM. Max told me to sit because of this, and that’s the story of us racing for 2nd place…one of my least favorite things to do. I attacked on the final climb before the descent to the finish and thought I was clear, but Adam had one more ass leeching move left in his legs. I attacked a few more times before the finish with no results and with 300 meters to go Max was just about on our wheel. I made the wrong move and should have waited for Max to come by, forcing Adam to chase. Instead I opted for the frontal attack with 250 meters to go, thinking Max may be able to latch on Adam and come around…it didn’t work and Max and I settled for 4th and 3rd respectively. Just behind us was Ariel and Josh in 9th and 10th and Teeter suffered a mechanical on the final descent dropping him to 20th. 4 guys in the top 10 isn’t a bad days work.