Super Prestige Series
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Velo Fratello-Bay Equity Team Rider,Class,Position,Time
Charles Himes,B,88,(@1) 43:37
John Ruggeri,SS,42,(@1) 49:04
Mike Warren,Masters 45+,14,36:52
Shane Davis,C,93,(@1) 37:59
A big shout-out to Adrian Tamblin, who not only raced, but found the time to take these awesome photos!
See more of Adrian’s work at Adrian Tamblin Photography.
From a racer’s perspective…
I was psyched… More than usual. Typically when this happens I’m so overly excited I tend to burn out before the race even starts… But I was practicing my cool as a cucumber mindset & started 3 rows back from the front. The field was 125 deep. I was stoked about not procrastinating when it came to registering because I was relatively close to the front. Ran into Charles for the warm-up lap. Was nice to see a familiar face. When we lined up word was to be on the right side to avoid the bottleneck into the first turn. There was maybe 30 yards till we got into the dirt. I passed who I could at the start…. There was a bit of bumping and grinding getting into the single track but I’m into that shit. At that point I settled in and tried to find the flow and race my own race. Almost all the corners were sketchy eliminating any flow I had… As soon as we opened up to the first double track section (1st lap) I took the left line ( which I found to be faster than the right) passed 5-6 people and had the race to my self. I was pinned and needed to settle in. As I approached the turns I kept fucking up. Running too much air pressure in my front tire cut threw all the sand and gravel like a knife, Causing my front tire to washout. So at that point I focused on putting my effort into the places that I could, and go slow around the corners.
My first “b”race was 4 weeks after my son was born…i was off the front for3/4th of the race and just blew up & got passed by 12 people… My whole family was there… Mom, brother…his girl… Walked out of there with the tail between my legs…
The whole start I kept having visions of the group catching me and Blowing up again… I slowed down a bit after the 2nd lap and just tried to settle in. With the way the course was Laid out I could see who was approaching me when we hit the 180 degree turns… @ lap 3 I see 2nd & 3rd place. They were not on my ass but they were approaching quickly. My eyes meet with one if the guys and I could tell he thought he was going to catch me… At that point it was back on and I just kept on keeping on. 2nd place came in 49 seconds behind me.
I’m stoked I ended up coming out of that race unscathed.. I know what I need to work on & am pumped the concord cougar oct 4.
Congratulations to Ryan Grenier – 1st place “B” group!
Some additional photos courtesy Jeff Namba.