Today was one of those days that I felt good all day. Unfortunately, I’m just one guy and
by the end of the race, I didn’t have any teammates left – for a number of reasons, as you’ll read.
The 91-mile (138 km) race began in Downtown Redlands, ventured up onto the Sunset Loop course
for 12 laps before returning to Redlands for five laps of the criterium course we raced the day before.
With two laps to go on the Sunset Loop, only about 40 riders remained in the lead group –
and I was the only one from Team Type 1. A crash took out Valeriy Kobzarenko and Fabio Calabria
while Moises Aldape had gotten caught out on the climbs and Ian Macgregor had two flat tires. Plus, we had started the stage
with only five riders after Phil Southerland and Ben Brooks bowed out after Stage 1 and Shawn Milne crashed and broke his
thumb in yesterday’s stage.
So When Rory Sutherland (Health Net presented by Maxxis) attacked, it created a split that left
only five of us in front: Rory, Oscar Sevilla and Santiago Botero (Rock Racing), Alejandro Borrajo (Colavita-Sutter Home)
Alejandro countered the move, the other guys just sat up and he rode away from us. I was feeling
good so I went after him. When I caught up, we started working together well and got a 30-second gap right away.
Then, halfway through the lap, I don’t know exactly what happened but he told me he was
going to stop working. I guess he must have talked to his director, who told him they had five or six guys behind and they
wanted it to come down to a field sprint. So rather than wait to get caught, the next time up the climb I tried to dump him.
I was hoping to stay away, but the group eventually caught up on the final time around the loop.
As we hit the circuit downtown, we were a smaller group but there were still a lot of good sprinters: Toyota-United’s
Dominique Rollin, Sutherland of Health Net and Colivita, of course. So I knew if I was going to have a chance, I had to do
something. With two laps to go, I saw a spot where I was faster than everyone else so I got a good run on the turn and gave
it a go. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, but it was better than just sitting there and rolling in. I can only imagine
what would have happened had Ian not had his bad luck with flat tires or had Shawn been in the race.
you for letting me share some insight with you about Team Type 1. If you know anything about Team Type 1 you know how it is
different from other professional cycling teams. I see people and my teammates living with the disease and managing their
diabetes every day. It reminds me that we are not only racing our bikes, we are also racing for a good purpose.