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Morgan Hill Criterium, CA USA
19 Apr, 2005

Morgan Hill Criterium, CA

 

The Morgan Hill Criterium was a 75 minute race on a cool course what had a very steep 100 meter climb which stopped you in your tracks.  Kodak Gallery – Sierra Nevada had six of us at the race which was held in the heart of Specialized Bicycles territory.  Specialized sponsor us with Helmets and Glasses.  They also sponsor the Webcore Cycling Team with bikes so they had quite a few guys there. Another rider to watch was going to be Team CSC's rider David Zabriskie   

There was 125 guys in our race which was a lot of guys.   I lined up early and had a good start position along with most of our team.   There was quit a few spectators there as well which were doing a good job at motivating us and adding to the atmosphere.  

 

The start of the race was not to fast but guys were taking risks and there were a few crashes.    KGSN was all over the front  and going with everything so things looked good.  Then CSC’s Zabriskie attacked and straight away got a good lead.  Zabriskie is strong and you could not giving him a inch without him taking a mile!   Lucky the race was going fast enough and when we got close enough I hit out attacking on the hill and rolled across to him.  We had a small gap and I could see a group coming across which had KGSN riders in it.   It also had three Webcor riders which was not that good but they caught us and we had a good break.  The bunch was losing time to us so I was confidant this was the winning move for the day.  My team mate in the break was Jackson Stewart who is a good sprinter so we had the break covered (or so I thought).

 

At the hour mark Zabriskie attacked again and no one chased him.  I was on the back and too far back to chase.   Zabriskie cruzed off the front and didn’t look like coming back.  We were down to two Webcor and a couple of other guy.  It didn’t look good for a joint effort to chase  Zabriskie so I attacked too see if I could get across.   I got to within 8 seconds of him and then blew.   I still had five laps to go which seamed to be no worries but the hill was starting to wear on me.  The last two times up it I was hurting lots!   The break was catching me again and I could see Webcor chasing on the front.    Last lap they were only a few seconds back but giving Jackson a sweet lead-out.    I nabbed second and got to see Jackson pump the Webcor guys in the sprint.   Zabriskie first, Me second, and Jackson Stewart 3rd.  So second and third for Kodak Gallery – Sierra Nevada was ok.

 

Next race is Sea Otter Tour where I won the Prologue last year so I will be trying for a repeat!   

Thanks for reading  HG

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