In the Photo: Travis Keeney
The Dash for Cash Crit is a ~25 mile, 45 minute race that consists of many 1-mile laps with four right-hand turns. The Terrain is completely flat with a relatively strong wind that would prove critical to the race strategy once again (see Turlock Lake RR). After getting one race under his belt in E2/3 just an hour before, Travis learned a great deal about how to use the wind conditions to his advantage.
The E3 race started off much like the 2/3 race - with strong attacks and a few riders forming a breakaway. Determined to not let the group get away again and sensing some complacency in the main peloton, Travis attacked multiple times until the group finally stopped chasing. Now, with around 7 laps into the race, it was time to catch the 3-man breakaway that was 20-30 seconds up the road. It's critical to close these gaps quickly and in just 1.5 laps, it was a 4-man break.
Attrition took it's toll on the breakaway very fast. Around lap 11, the first rider fell off into the headwind and on lap 14 another. It was now a 2-man break with many laps still to be raced. Both riders have great respect for one another and quickly came to an agreement that they would work together for the remainder of the race and succeed together. As Mark Rotondi did his best to slow the peloton, time gaps grew and grew from 20-seconds to over 1-minute by the end.
Following a 6th in E2/3 an hour before and posting consistent top-5/10 results all season, Travis finally got the monkey off his back with a win.
Thanks to everyone who keeps us at the track each and every weekend - Mike’s Bikes, Equator Coffees and Teas, Toyota, Specialized Bikes, Capo Cycling Apparel , Probar, Smith Optics, Osmo Nutrition, Sram, Violich Farms, and Bike Smart.