Folsom Winter Crit2/3/2017
Cat 2/3 RaceMatt Tufts and Cameron Hawk started off the day by racing the Category 2/3 race. Cameron is a new Cat 2 and both are looking for upgrade points toward their Category 1 designation.
In the finishing laps, Matt sacrificed himself to keep the 50+ rider field together. On the last lap, a solo rider got away, and the boys had to be smart and not waste their energy to bring back the solo rider. Matt Tufts took over the front going into the last corner with Cameron in tow. Matt’s effort allowed Cameron to win the field sprint for 2nd overall almost catching the solo lead rider at the finish. Matt was able to hold onto 4th overall. It was a great way to start the day for the team!
Pro 1/2 Race
field was stacked!
The race was fast and every team tried countless times to take control and establish a breakaway. Our team plan was to keep the field together and set up Matt Chatlaong for the sprint. The team did an awesome job following and covering every move. After 40 fast hard minutes of racing, our strategy was paying off as other teams started becoming discouraged from the strength of our riders.
Coming into the final laps, a field split occurred with 15 to 18 riders. OVCB had two riders representing in the break, but our goal was a field sprint win. With 2 laps to go, the guys got all together in the field and lined up to take control. Bobby Terra took the front bringing back the break. Once Bobby was gassed, Timmy took over an lead the field storming past the break and into the final lap. Timmy was able to reach the first corner before running out of gas. With 3/4’s of a lap left another team took control of the front allowing Matt Tufts, Josh & Matt Chat to come up the outside with a huge acceleration by Matt Tufts. Then, Josh Carling lead into the final corner performing a perfect lead out for Matt Chatlaong. Matt Hit the font with 300 meters left with a huge advantage to bring home the first Pro 1/2 Win for Oak Valley Community Bank Elite Cycling!
It was an awesome performance by each of riders and a very special win for Matt. Here is a quick quote from Matt