Garrison Park Race Recap
Well…what else can I say other than Sunday was a great day for Tam! Although this is a team sport, and we have an incredible assembly of riders and racers, I am very proud of your personal efforts on Sunday. Its extremely rewarding for me to see how everyone is improving during every ride and race.
Saturday afternoon the team caravan headed south to Monterey in what was somewhat dodgy weather conditions. Along the way we fueled up with a combination of Z Bars and Turkey jerky. Without hesitation we cruised to the course to get in some warmup laps. Motivated to stay on the bike by blankets of poison oak the team took a cruise through the course with an intentionally slow first lap. We then headed out for a second quicker lap, whipping through the swishy single track, and then some took a third. The course was decidedly faster and less technical than Granite Bay but did have some sections that dictated careful gear selection and to carry good speed through.
After checking into our hotel the team headed across the street to tuck into a proper pre-race meal. Spaghetti and meatballs for the coach and assorted pulled pork sandwiches and other fair for the racers. According to Blair it was “decidedly an upgrade from Caruso’s”. After dinner the team hosed off and cleaned their bikes, readied their gear for the next day and got to bed at a reasonable hour.
Race day greeted us with unbelievably clear and warm conditions…perfect race weather! In the end we had a total of four podiums, including the top step that Dillon C was gunning for as redemption from his Granite Bay technical meltdown. Four podiums from fourteen racers…I’m guessing our podium percentage, at close to 30%, was the highest for the day by about a mile. Albert had a tough technical with one of his brakes but will be back next race just a little bit faster.
As I said before….everyone…your efforts were amazing. I would like to highlight some stand-out performances that deserve a special call out:
- Ride-Of-The-Day: Laird Grant. After starting in poor position on the first lap he made up an incredible minute twelve seconds in his second lap, clawing his way up to 7th out of a field of 57. Thats how to race and thats how to not give up. Its not over until everyone crosses the line.
- First-Race-Race-Of-The-Day: Isaac Cohen. Taking a few thoughtful pre-race laps both the day before and on race day along with asking lots of great questions Isaac pulled two solid laps with a much quicker second lap and a little left in the tank after the race. (per Coach Paul his orders were to ride within himself and finish a clean, no crash race) Mission accomplished. With his track experience Isaac will be putting up some impressive results in the coming races.
- Step-Up-Race: Ryan Mullen moved up an impressive four positions from last race but will be looking forward to pipping his nemesis from Salinas who beat him by just one second.
- Team-Within-The-Team: The Sophmore squad is shredding it up and not looking back.
- Individual-Rider-Standings: Dominik Cinka, 1st place Sophmore D1…’nuff said.
- Christy and Greg Allen: Post race food accommodations. The chili and cheese hit the spot. Thanks for the support!
A quick rundown of how we placed:
1st, Dillon C
dnf, Albert (mechanical)
Now…..onto the next ride!