Cyclingnews.com race report.
Today was the Beacon cross UCI race in Bridgeton, NJ. "Amphitheater of Pain" and "The Beach" were true to their names and were deciding factors. I was sitting on Frattini and Sundt feeling good, but not sure how those two were feeling so I just chilled. It seemed like Sundt was fast on the flats, but lacked the high end on the two runs and Frattini had a poker face, but didn't seem to be working too hard. I accelerated through the technical part and dropped Sundt half way through. I let Frattini pull a few times but it seemed like I could go faster so I took control. Shortly after, Frattini flatted close to the pits and I was able to get a good gap. He had a really fast bike change and all of sudden was coming back to me, but was never able to get closer than 5 seconds. I had it pinned in the red zone for 3 laps holding a 5 second lead, my running and dismounts felt strong and smooth and I even had an extra gear on the flats to hold him off. It was definitely a challenging course and with Sundt and Frattini only seconds behind made it a pretty tense race. I couldn't believe I held them off after I crossed the line, I was surprised at taking my first win at a UCI event with those guys there but it's been a long time coming and I'm excited to finally brake through for a big win.
Tomorrow I fly home and get back on the mountain bike for one last time, I'm really looking forward to a relaxed drive to Michigan this weekend as opposed to 5 lanes at 85mph on I95 deathway like the last few weeks.