Day two of my double race weekend was the Easter Sunday Classic, and my legs felt SIGNIFICANTLY better than at the Mike's Bikes Menlo Park Grand Prix the day before. Menlo Park Grand Prix: photos taken by Gabe Morford

This criterium, as Hank described in an earlier blog post, was an interesting one: the Early Bird Criterium diagonally cut in half. It included two 90 degree turns and two 180 degree turns that were impossible to rally at anything faster than a snail's pace. The accelerations out of the hairpins combined with a lot of wind broke apart the race pretty quick. After thirty minutes of accordion stretching, the peloton began to break apart and the final group was Steve Reaney of Cal Giant, Kirk Carlsen of Garmin Development, Rand Miller of Webcor, Eric Wohlberg of Form Fitness, and me. We rode pretty well together until Rand and Steve got away with a couple laps to go and Kirk, Eric and I were messing around, no one wanting to pull the others to the leaders. With one lap to go, worried about encroaching racers I jumped away and rode the final lap a handful of meters in front of them but got passed on the final drag strip to the finish. 5th place.

-Rainier