Writing: Jesse “Gonzo” Gonzalez
Photography: Jason Delgado
Jesse “Gonzo” Gonzalez of the developmental SilCarbon/Elite Cycle Team will be a regular contributor on Morning Ride CC for the next few months of the racing season. Please give him a follow on his personal blog, where he will also share more of his racing experience.
Ask anyone who raced this past Sunday, podium or DNF’s, to describe their experience and they will all reply the same: “Brutal”. With a smaller field this time around, no one was protected from the high winds and every rider had to match every effort watt for watt. Knowing this, leading riders pushed the peloton to the edge on the straight of the BP course, leading to battles for proper positioning as any second out of the draft will leave you in the “Red”.
As usual, in the P123 field, it was 100% from the start. Within only 15-20 minutes riders were dropping back, faces in agony, trying to catch a breathe. This did not stop riders like Luis Zaya, Andrew Geffner and Alex Zambrana who made the right decision to separate from the pack and breakaway successfully. With team support the break were even able to lap the field and secure top 3 positions in the P12 category. The race charged on with a steady pace as more and more riders were popping off one by one. With one lap to go, on the last two turns, Luis Zaya makes a mean jump into the headwind and Alex Zambrana follows. However, Zaya’s initial jump was timed and maintained perfectly to finish in first place with Zambrana .4 of a second behind. (results link below)
43 riders lined up at the starting line and only 20 completed the race due to the intense wind conditions during the event. Experience and positioning was vital and many riders were pushed to their limits. With one race left in the RWS, strength & skills have been measured and key riders are now targeted for the remainder of the year.