Friday, March 26, 2010 - Race ReportsToday I didn't feel like cooking anything for dinner. So I mentioned the word "Thai" and the Jacques-Maynes brothers could think of nothing else. Then it was their idea to go out.
Yeah, that's right, I'm sharing a host house with the Jacques-Maynes. Host housing is pretty cool, it sure beats staying in a hotel. If you play it right you can come back year after year and get to know the family really well. Ben has stayed here for over 5 years.
Anyway, stage 1 of The Redlands Bicycle Classic was a 105 mile road race out in Beaumont. Basically, I covered a few moves, got a few KOM points, and just sat around in the pack as Rob Britton slaved away in the break. He did pick up the points jersey for his efforts.
The winning move happened the last time up the climb, about 5 miles from the finish. Ben, earning his paycheck, bridged to it on the decent to make it 3 guys.
They held off the field and Ben finished second. Poor guy, that's his first road race loss of the year. Now he's 2 for 3.
I finished in the pack. Since Luis Amaran was in the break and finished 3rd, he bumped me down to 9th on the GC, but I'm still only 19 seconds back.
The GC is pretty tight. Ben played it perfectly and slotted into second. But there are 4 other guys within 6 seconds of the lead.
Tomorrow we have the morning off and the crit in downtown Redlands starts at 4:30. If you're looking for updates I suggest following PodiumInsight on Twitter. And if you want to turn on the fire hose, check out podium_live.