Two days of racing are in the books. Yes, that is right. Late January, and the season starts to swing in AZ. We are seeing formative goods in this early season. Special thanks to Chad Beyer for having a good time on our dime. Here’s how it went down in Yuma, sans wattage reporttage.
Well, I didn’t know what to expect from myself at the crits this weekend. I’ve been training without power, so I didn’t really know where my fitness was. I didn’t even know if I was going to be Able to race on Saturday. I went to register online before driving down to Yuma and it said registration was closed. My wife and I decided to chance it and if I didn’t get to race at least it would be a nice day trip. I was able to register there no problem. I had no teammates and right from the gun the Stone house rides went on the attack and I’m thinking this is going to be a long day. Luckily I got in a break with strong man Brian Forbes and I was happy to see he was willing to throw down and race hard. We had a sizable gap going into the final laps and I asked Brian if he wanted to ride until the last corner and do a two up sprit for the finish, he agreed. A lap to go I was wondering if I the two up sprint was a poor decision but in the end I had good legs.
The Avondale crit had a bigger field and some strong young guns. Brandon McNulty did a massive solo effort. He was off the front for about 20mins and the chase group I was in had to work pretty hard to catch him. We had a breakaway group of about 7 and we were working well together but then guys started fading. The pelican started shutting us down so I attacked and brought two guys with, Brandon McNulty and Adam Bryfogle. We rolled well together and got a solid gap. Going into one-lap-to-go, it got tactical and Brandon jumped about 500meters out. I was sitting in 3, Adam opened a gap and I waited until it was at about 70meters and went after Brandon. I was able to come around him in the last 200m. It was an impressive showing by the younger riders, including Clayton Stone my Supperissimo teammate who held it down in the field and finished 5th in the field sprint.
Notes & Details –
Superissimo team formaciones has been lurking behind our hand typed website for months now. It goes without saying that our ability to sign Chad Beyer was, internally (and to some extent, externally) kind of a big deal. As it is, we’d like to think of ourselves as he predecessors because we were there when he was 14, kicking down watts at the sharp end of the group on so many Arizona rides. Those origins revolved around Domenic Malvestuto as we have written about. That being our heritage, we look forward to Chad having a good time on our tab because he’s the great hope. It’s fine.
Socks – you can maybe see Chad does sport one of the first sets of Superissimo socks. Although the team kit (read belows) will not be for public releasings, our socks are the haute chaufeur of pedal mobilizations. They will be in le shoppes soon. Thank you.
Superissimo team kits, forthcoming. And Santini, being the producer of our team kits, they kindly provided Chad with his competition threads over the weekends until the official team kits are released.