I always promised Dennis, that if I ever got to the podium I'd write the report. It finally happened with a 3rd place finish so here it is. I'll keep it brief.
55+ Cat 4, how perfect is that. Finally a race with my true peers. An Alto Velo rider attacked immediately taking along two others who eventually came off. Who would think this move could possibly work from the start, but it did. This guy stayed away the entire race, and despite many efforts to begin a rotation and chase the guy down nobody was interested. It was very frustrating.
Last lap was relatively calm and down to about 20 guys. Over 40 had started the race. My plan was to sit in, rest, then attack at the base of Carroll. I went hard opening a good gap and just focused on keeping the gas on, pretending this was just another crazy UCSC effort. Looked back once (over right shoulder), still good. Saw the tent, checked one more time (right shoulder) still good. 2nd place, it's yours. Not kidding, on the line by half a wheel, a Taleo rider comes around me (left side) and steels it away. We both posted the same finish time.
Lesson learned: LOOK OVER BOTH SHOULDERS!
Still, all in all, a fun day at the races.