Great effort by everyone last Sunday! The results are still not posted, which is unusual. Must be a tech glitch. But our trusty cipher Rob Carrade figures Salinas won it with over 4000 pts, averaging over 500 pts. a rider for their 8 scorers. This is astounding, nobody has ever broken 4000 before, it means every one of their scorers was on the podium, lots of purple up there.
Drake came in unofficially with about 3900 – usually enough to win, we are at about 3725 – perhaps enough the third.
We had a some stand-out efforts Sunday from a few top Dawgs that must be acknowledged:
First up, in the Varsity race which featured three racers with European race experience and the National Cyclocross Champion. Clayton Herrick finished 7th in this elite gorup, ahead of all but two of the touted Whole Athlete riders, including the State Juniors Road Champion. Way to hammer Bilo!!!!! We are all proud of your effort.
Secondly, Johnny Kaufman takes 3rd in Freshman – on the box in his very first race! He even lead the race at several times, before crashing. Now Johnny knows he can win it.
Third, Will Curtis should be commended not only for pulling the lead group for most of the Varsity race, but for handling the controversial sprint / crash controversy like a gentleman. Grace under pressure, and everyone knows who really won.
Let’s all wish Bella a speedy recovery. Bella hit the floor hard, through no fault of her own, during the start of the freshman girls race and has 8 stitches in her knee. Tough way to start your very first race.
Next up is Granite Bay, Folsom Lake, a week from this Sunday – complete with it’s sandy beach start. The Dawgs have historically done well here – we won it last year. This may be because it is similar to China Camp – about the same topography as Ft. Ord, but with more technical rock gardens. Many of you will need to practice some of these rocky sections a half-dozen times during the pre-ride to figure out how to pick your way through them. And the girls especially – we need to practice this week on getting you out of the saddle on the climbs, this is key.