Sunny skies for the Cherry Pie races today. I’ll leave the full blow-by-blow to other, more eloquent bloggers (Hernandito? Hellyer? Michael himself?), but here’s a little taste of the day:
Masters 35+ 1/2/3 is rumored to have had some real officiating snafus. Something about a break not getting lap cards, then being neutralized after a crash when the field wasn’t, and ultimately being scored by the order in which they joined the break instead of their order across the line? (Maybe they confused Cherry Pie with that other Napa race that did the reverse win-and-out last year.)
All I know for sure is that LaBerge won the field sprint. Does anybody have the real scoop?
The Women’s 1/2/3 field was an exercise in loving one’s abuser. You can’t help but love those TIBCO gals, even when they’re out for blood. They came out swinging, with Alison Starnes dragging the field around all day, ultimately setting Big Brooke up to win the sprint with plenty of room (incidentally, the Women’s 4 race was won by a Team Tibco II development rider – hell of a day for the team). The David to TIBCO’s Goliath was Irish TT champ Olivia Dillon, riding for Specialized Designs for Women this year, who got away solo for several laps until two to go & then had enough pop to take third in the field sprint.
The Pro/1/2 came down to a small break, won by Dirk Copeland from the new Yahoo team after he avoided a crash in the finishing straight. I don’t know who it was who crashed, but how do you crash out of a group of seven? ten? in a wide-open uphill straightaway like that? Sounds like somebody should take an Early Bird refresher. Yahoo also came up on top in the field sprint – maybe that Klein guy knows what he’s doing after all.
Now, who really knows what happened?
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