Pedro Medina takes out the Victory at the Ferndale circuit race on day one of the Lake Mary Weekend in the Masters 35+ "A" field.
This week we welcome Sebastian Morfin to our race recap writing team. This young Cat 3 is on his way through the ranks so look out for him in a couple of years.
Cat 3/4 Saturday:
Saturday consisted of a circuit race, the weather was perfect, it was no longer sub 60 degrees and the wind was fairly calm. 33 racers lined up on the start line and before we knew it we were off into our 60 minute race. A couple of big teams were Hoovers Market, Gearlink Racing INC., and Interactive Metronome Development. Towards the beginning there were a couple of attacks including one of about 5 riders that had around 20 seconds on the field. Once they were brought back JP Gilbert (Interactive Metronome Dev) started attacking and tried to get away but the peloton wouldn’t let him. With 5 laps to go, I bridged to a solo rider, Jeremy Hauff (Compass Cycling Team) but we were caught with 1.5 laps to go. Eduardo Arboleda (Interactive Metronome Dev) counter-attacked and went solo for the victory! I managed to recover quickly and won the field sprint, finishing 2nd, while Casey Braga (Interactive Metronome Dev) got 3rd overall.
Another great day, our race started at 2:30 and lasted 50 minutes. There were larger teams including Infinity Bike Shop, Hoovers Market, Orlando Road Club, and Interactive Metronome Dev. It was a fairly simple, wide open crit with no technical turns. The first turn exposed you to a raging crosswind that had us in the gutter every lap. Once again relatively few attacks towards the beginning, a couple of guys broke away around minute 25 including Alex Couture (Relaj Cycling), Mark Boults (Naples Cyclery powered by T2), Eduardo Arboleda (Interactive Metronome Dev) and Jordan Hoover (Hoovers Market) who got the Clif Bar Prime. With 5 laps to go, my teammate Casey Braga attacked and opened a gap of around 25 seconds. Attacks in the peloton were going left and right despite our efforts to block. They caught Casey with half a lap to go and there was a counterattack but he was swallowed up quickly. On the penultimate stretch, Eduardo Arboleda attacked and won solo with a 2 second lead, while I again won the field sprint, finishing 2nd. Scott Spees finished 3rd to round up the cat 3 podium, while Marc Boults, Christopher Alvarez, and Brian Collie earned the cat 4 podium. Overall a great weekend!