Amidst clear skies and balmy temps befitting the first weekend of spring, an impressive KR squadron pinned up for the third and final Mason Lake RR. With Colin, Galen and Kyle hunting the break, Ian and nick eyeing a sprint finish, Rad, Doug and Jamie adding some serious horsepower, and Ivy classing up the whole affair, the team was intent on a podium finish, despite the presence of a deep field of 50+.
Riding was aggressive from the gun, with Colin forging the early break with representatives from HSP and Garage. Despite a concerted chase from Audi and Bike Sale, Colin managed to keep his grouppo away until lap 4 of 6, allowing the rest of the team to comfortably tuck in and await the counter attacks.
Following the early catch, a brief but painful period of fireworks ensued on the tailwind rollers, with those fresh eager to re-establish a break. A lull going into the start finish for the final two laps saw Steve Fischer (Jelly Belly) and Dave Richter (HSP) slip off the front. They quickly built up a lead of 1:30 that held going into the final 12-mile loop.
Kyle and Galen, along with a dozen or so others, put in strong digs on the final accent of the course’s relatively shallow climb, though a stiff headwind effectively neutralized their efforts. Going into the final few Ks along the backside rollers, a few small groups get some daylight, though a monster turn from Kyle brought Nick and Colin back to the front of the peloton and in sight of the two leaders. Fischer and Richter were caught 2K from the line, and The sprint revved up down the final sweepers leading to the uphill dash to the line. Nick found himself well-positione, but an erratic finish and numerous fading efforts from those who misjudged the distance and grade resulted in a few non-optimal maneuvers in the closing meters. Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly) took the honors, with Nick finding enough daylight to take 2nd. Ian and Colin came through a dodgy sprint in the top 15 or so.
The team will look to go one better next week at the Independence Valley Road Race, the first official WSBA road race of the season.
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