There is nothing flat about this race, not even the parking area is level, but it has a great peaceful view of a giant reservoir and in the stunning Sierra foothills with creek lined California Sycamores and Oaks, strewn with granite boulders.
Once again team play was determinate in the outcome. The CVC team took complete control of the front of the race and chased In a well controlled manner, knowing the terrain well, they managed the chase to pro perfection. I congratulated all of them and asked if they had a good propect in what was now looking like the winning break.
There was some seriously hard riding by the usual big men of the mst 35 gang. An amazing bridge effort for the win by Sfwy D Martin, looking strong as ever. T Gaver has his old form, as he went with DM to the front group. The last 15 miles headed back into the rolling foothills and finished on a couple of stiff climbs to the finish. What was left of the main group blew to bits with a hard tempo by a super Spine.
This is a great road course and it is too bad more are not attracted to it.
See ya at Smelling.