Saturday, April 22, 2006
Been knocking out a race every weekend. A bunch of us are really ramping up for the "Tour of Gila" starting in May in New Mexico. www.tourofthegila.com
Larimer Road Race was last weekend. A tough local race with many teams viaing for the victory. We had a team dinner the night before and talked strategy. It payed off. By 1/2 way through the race the lead group had dwindled to about 20. We had more guys in the break than any other team. We all helped each other out a lot. (i got a wheel exchange from a teammate after mine broke in an accident) There were wicked cross winds all day and without some help I would have been off the back. Ryan Hamilton, Ryan Cole, and I were the final Colavita riders left in a group of 15. Cole seemed fresh and is a good sprinter, so Hamilton and I worked for him in the closing miles and lined up a leadout for the sprint. Cole delivered,... winning the 3 up sprint, giving the whole team the victory.
It was a great moral boost, our first victory of the season. Everyone is really stoked about working together. Should really help us in the 5 day stage race in New Mexico.