Watsonville Criterium

A small field came to race at Watsonville and I’m not sure why. Such a rad tight course: a hairpin and a couple turns that were nearly so, a hill and some other turns. It felt like a mini criterium-rollercoaster. I was warned that an early breakaway will work and so I attacked from the whistle. Rand Miller (CalGiant), John Wilk (Webcore), and Matt Schaupp (Ritte U23) bridged a lap later. Rand was obviously the man to mark, he had won at Watsonville before and was rallying the corners super hard, often creating bike length or two gaps between himself and the others after doing so. However, eventually his teammate James Mattis bridged and made it much more complicated. Rand attacked and James sat on our group, shutting down anyone trying to make it across to Rand. I marked John for the sprint for second, as he has beat me out of a breakaway before. Well, he beat me anyway, and I finished third.