Devin is now affectionately referred to as Devin Destroyer after his accomplishments over the past two weekends. The first podium spot came during the Modesto race weekend when Devin went off the front with 2 to go, and made his attack stick. He was able to use the 6 tight turns on the course to his advantage and stay away for two laps and cruise into the finish line for a win.
This last weekend Devin was able to repeat such a feat in the Cat 4 race. Always staying near the front placed Devin in great striking position. At 2 to go, the “move” was unleashed. On a horse shoe type course, it’s a bit harder to make a move like this stick. But again Devin turned it out for another impressive win.
My #1 goal for this race was try out my new trick and see how it works against the home town crowd. The race was a pretty uneventful. The pace felt harder and there were more attacks, and because of the wide open course, staying in the top 10 required a little more work. One thing I did do is think about when and where to launch my attack, and were I need to be in the pack. I figured that I would need to be in the top 5 coming into the finish line stretch, and then swing to the right. So when the laps started counting down I focused on staying in the top 5 or so. That was working out except somehow I end up on the front at 3 to go. This was not were wanted to be, but I was there so I kept the pace at about 25 or so and tried not spend too much energy. Once we rounded the corner I sat up swung to the right and feigned like I was pulling off the front to move back into the pack. Once I could see the pack starting pull through, I put my head down and started grabbing gears. I was able to get away, the gap didn’t seem very big but I kept on pushing anyways. At 1 to go I looked back some where at the beginning of the sweeper and could not see anybody so I knew I had got a good gap. By the time I got to the end of the sweeper the pack was closing in on me pretty quickly so I knew I had to really dig to pull this one off. I gave it my all and it was enough to seal the deal. It was much harder to pull it of this time but that and doing in front of the home town crowd made it all that much sweeter.
The day was finalized with a secondary race in the Master 3/4 race. This time in the White Jersey on the left side of the screen.
My goal for this race was pretty simple. Go with flow and try and exploit any opportunities that came up. Pretty much from the get go the pace was pretty hard. I seemed like almost every lap we would be doing around 30 on the back stretch. There was a constant barrage of attacks, and a lot of chasing. I tried to bridge once and ended up pulling the group with me so I shut it down. There was a fair amount of hard pulls and attempts to form breaks but lucky for me since I don’t think I had the legs to chase or help chase a break down, none of them worked. About halfway through the race my objective changed to just trying to finish, since the relentless pace didn’t seem to be letting up. My garmin recorded a max speed of 34.7 somewhere around the middle of the race. My guess it hat is around the time I was really feeling it. Luckily the pace let up a little towards the end. I even took a few hard (for me) pulls. Once the laps started counting down I figured I still had some legs left so I worked on staying near the front. On the last lap I was in a decent position and I knew that if I wanted to have a chance at the sprint I would need to be on the inside line coming out of the last corner. I got in the gutter and surprisingly was able to move up fairly easily. A spot opened up coming into the corner so I moved into it. Once we turned the corner it was on, so I put my head down and started sprinting. I was able to grab 3rd. I’m almost more stoked on this then the E4 win since that is the best I’ve done in a field sprint in a crit and felt like I could have done better if I had a little better positioning.
Needless to say it was a pretty awesome day of racing for me. I won enough to cover my fees, a post race burrito, and still have a little left over. And to top it all of I got enough points to upgrade now! It was good to see everybody that came out today, and as always awesome to have people there rooting for me.