John had his first win of the season in the 35+ 4/5 race at CCCX. Here is his story:
This was pretty straight forward typical masters race. Nobody really presses the issue and waits for the sprint.
This wasn't a race without controversy though. We got lapped by the 1/2/3 masters, and looks like Chris Evans at that. Anyhow a few from our group latched onto them which is a big no no. They formed a break on their wheels and rode out. The 1/2/3 tried shooing them away but they stayed. We yelled but they stayed. The scorer table yelled but they stayed. They were dropped to the bottom for that. Can't form a break on some cat 1 wheels and claim a win when the rest have pulled up to let them pass.
So the rest of us rode on waiting for the sprint. I knew 3 guys around me. One I raced with a bunch and 2 others I scouted. One was a 2 time kona iron man finisher whose doing road now and the other did well at pesky. We went 6 wide into the last corner. I had the inside line which helped but two others pushed harder than I did. Very close finish for us. Ended up 1st in age and 3rd overall after the official scorer bumped the breakway group down.
Nik Barretto is our June Rider of the Month. Over the last few weeks, Nik has had a number of outstanding results, but individually and as a supporting teammate. Recent highlights include 1st place at the Salinas Criterium against a Cat 2/3 field, and a 3rd place at the Dash for Cash from a long breakaway. In addition, over the 2015 season Nik has helped his AVRT teammates to a series of wins and podiums at the Santa Cruz Crit, Cats Hill, Memorial Day Crit and other races.
Mark Howard, a cat 3 member of the Alto Velo Racing Team, is our May Rider of the Month. Mark, a recent transplant from Australia and a former pro racer and mechanic, has had several outstanding results in high profile races in the last month, most notably wins at the Santa Cruz Criterium and at Cat's Hill. Mark is an outstanding racer and teammate, and exemplifies the qualities of Alto Velo and the Alto Velo Racing Team. We congratulate Mark on being named the Alto Velo Rider of the Month.
The rider of the month, Blaise Hamel (cat 5), has won his last three races. The highlight of this stretch was winning the 4/5 race at the Santa Cruz Criterium, taking advantage of a stellar lead out by AVRT. In addition to his official racing, he has also been regularly crushing the Valley Ride and winning the climb to the top of Huddart.