Another pan flat course that included plenty of high speed grassy turns, a 50 meter sandy beach section, and the long paved start/finish straightaway, was what we had layed out for us. The Cycle U-PopCap Women; Melanie Lewis, and Kristy Kelsey started their stacked women's field on the front row. The race started fast and by the time the riders were on the second lap, Kristy was sitting on the tail end of the top five, with Lewis having difficulty outside of the top 10. At the halfway point in the race, Lewis got her second wind, and found her legs. Within a lap and a half, Lewis had passed at least six other girls and bridged up to teammate Kelsey, with some amazingly fast lap times. Kelsey finished in 6th, with Lewis finishing in 5th!
Kristy Kelsey making her way up the steps off the beach.
In the Masters race, Jason Jablonski brought home a WIN! The race started off with a blistering pace that saw the lead group established within the first half of the lap as a group was formed immediately after exiting the sand pit.
"I knew that with the race being some what flat, and more open sections then some of the other courses, it would be a tough race for anyone in our group to break away by themselves. So, I figured the best tactic was to be sure that I was always with the front pack. I road the front every once in a while, but whenever I tried to stretch the elastic, the group behind would bring me back. So, I just stayed in the top 3. On the last lap I made sure to punch it in the run section through the sand and get on the bike as quick as possible. After that I saw there was a small gap and just tried to hold it. I caught a pretty fast open/elite rider and he really tried to stay in front of me so that helped me push to the end, holding about a 5 to 10 second gap over second place. SUPER FUN RACE!
- Jason Jablonski
Sean Kelsey missed the decisive break, and held on in a chase group for a respectable 9th place.
Melanie Lewis - 5th
Kristy Kelsey - 6th
Evan Renwick - 17th
Jason Jablonski - 1st
Sean Kelsey - 9th
Chad Berg - 19th