Team Mike’s Bikes is lucky to wear Custom Capo apparel. Our 2014 kit is made from the Super Corsa line–a cut that is inspired by racers, so it looks the best on the bike! During this time of year, I am especially appreciative to wear their Super Corsa long sleeve jersey, made of Winter Micro Quattro fabric. Read more
We awoke to sun shining, birds chirping, and cows mooing on Sunday morning at our host family’s ranch. We were all tired from a hard day at Snelling on Saturday, but after a delicious farm breakfast and leisurely team ride, we were all excited to race bikes again.
The plan going into the race was to ride aggressively, since we had the numbers, and to win from a break. We had picked potential break-mates for a few of us and had our strategy down pat, but we also made secondary plans for a bunch sprint if that’s how things were heading with a few laps left.
I was still spinning on the rollers, with the team sitting around Roman as we reviewed the plan, when we looked over and saw the field lined up and the marshal giving directions. In what seemed like 90 seconds flat, we were all at the line and waiting for the whistle. The race went ballistic from the gun, with hard-charging attacks by TMB, Marc Pro, Clif Bar, and others. Roman rode very aggressively for us at the start, and Reese, Brandon, Walton, and Travis also took turns covering moves and initiating a few counters of their own.
Follow Reese Levine and his GoPro at the Original Merced Criterium, featuring the ghetto gravel back alley and race winner Colin Daw.