P/1/2 Starting the Main Climb via Mark Nakamura, Team Oakland
There are a few races on the calendar that after racing I say to myself “well, I’m never doing that again.” Yet, one year later I find myself kitted up at the start finish, or in this case chasing the field after missing the start from derailleur adjustments. Patterson Pass Road Race is in my opinion one of the most difficult races on the NCNCA calendar. Two climbs featuring a 15-20% grade with headwind provide by wind turbines, followed by a screaming 50mph descent with crosswind gusts, and topped off with a series of rollers to a flat 500m sprint. Now do three laps of this for just under 70 miles.
Somewhere on the main climb in what I think was the second lap, around 8 or 9 riders attacked off the front. I figured the difficulty of the course and crosswinds would finish them off but we never caught them. On the third lap 2 more riders attacked the group and apparently bridged up to Read more