Jun Seita took some awesome photos of the team during the p/1/2 race yesterday. Have a looks at a few below and click here to see the rest of Jun's photos from the day. Below is a quick recap of the days races from Ben Stern and myself: In short, Menlo Park went great! Both our cat 3 and P/1/2 squads raced aggressively and visibly. We had a great turnout with 9 racers out in total, plus our injured rider Nole came out and supported us all day including helping with some course marshalling duties.
We had a great setup with an MB Car, and two tents. Hank even gave a little talk with the announcer about the Mike's Bikes Africa Project. Kevin (Not-Bricknell) from Palo Alto was there as a neutral wrench to help us with little pre-race tweaks. Nice to have a stand and full tools at a crit!
Hank had a great first race back off the bench from injury in the 3's winning a prime, but unfortunately Paul and him got caught behind a rider washing out in the final turn and were unable to contest the sprint. Ryan had a strong showing in his first 3's race winning 2 primes and finishing 8th. Keven was the star of the day just getting pipped at the line for 5th place.
The P/1/2 racers did a good job being in nearly every move of the day (none stuck long) it was a crazy race, very fast and fun! O'Mara put in a savage 30 minutes of Gila threshold prep work, he looks ready! Shawn, Tyler, Ranier, and I did a good job mixing it up and keeping at least one Mikes jersey at the front of the race all day. Our best chance came with Tyler and Ranier alertly making a move with about 4 laps to go. Unfortunately, their move was reeled in by Steve Reaney, and Shawn and I weren't quite fast enough to get into the pack sprint.
Things are starting to go well with riders getting healthy and starting to come together as a unit. Looking good for the Mike's Bikes Cat's Hill Classic in a few weeks!