Dash for Cash puts us square at the start of crit season. From here on out till Cal Cup we should be hearing tales of Chuck Hutcheson (Marc Pro Strava) and Rand Miller (Cal Giant) beating each other up in breaks, with James Laberge (Mikes Bikes) and his stormtroopers showing up every once and a while to spoil the party. The past weekends Dash for Cash played it pretty close to script as Hutcheson attacked a small breakaway to win his 9-millionth race this season.
“Everybody was pretty much sitting on Nate English and myself,” said Hutcheson. “We couldn’t get anywhere. When everyone was gassed from a prime we went and caught Bassetti who had just got the prime. I was sick of being marked so I was full gas finnaly having seperation. When Piasta from Mikes got across the deal was done.”
English, Hutcheson, and Bassetti worked the break while Piasta made token efforts since he had some sprinters back in the field. As the race wound down to the finish Hutcheson measured up his odds and decided to go it alone instead of waiting for Nate English to make a big effort, or have to sprint against Bassetti. With two to go Hutcheson attacked with what would be the winning move. “I got a good gap, but got caught by Piasta before the last turn,” said Hutcheson. “I swung in behind him, recovered, then came around him in the last 200 meters – just as Basseti was catching us.”
Breakaways have become harder to come by for Rand Miller who spent most of last year off the front of every race he was in. 2012 has provided some win’s but he’s been a marked man, like Hutcheson has become, in NorCal races. “Guys are marking him out of every race,” said the race winner Hutcheson “He needs to get back to his roots and attack the shit out of them.” Crit Season is about to get ugly.
[CORRECTION) Ali Starnes (TIBCO), Heather Ross (TIBCO II) , Amy Chandos (Stevens) were part of a late race break that survived to the finish. Magalty took the win followed by Ross and Chandos. We are looking for more details on the women’s race so if you got anything shoot it over.
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