Cochise Classic – Beto Villegas
Roll out temps were nippy, probably 49F. Good warm up to the Mules. Start of the climb I jumped to the front and set the tempo, Troy Burns followed my lead and 10 of us got over the top together, with a big chase group of approximately 20 on our heels. Two riders got dropped on Davis, one rider who kept attacking us on the flats? Troy put the hammer down, see ya bold one! We were eight strong in the final stretch, with Burns, Chris ? (Tri-Sports) and mua doing the bulk of the work. Rock Racing rider and teammate attacked at the 15th Street traffic light. RR sits up for a block, I swing around, chase, and sling-shot off his teammate opening up a significant gap. Green light on 10th Street, legs feeling great, in the bag!!!!! As I’m getting ready to turn the corner, the event vehicle cuts me off (WTF!!!) I slammed my brakes to avoid colliding with the vehicle, losing all my momentum. By the that point, the chase is on and was caught half-way to the finish line on the final stretch. As I rolled through the finish line I had to constantly remind myself that it was a charity ride and protesting was not an option. Better luck next time! Finishing time was 3:53, one minute from the course record. Great day on the bike!
Note: Pete Fry won the 45 mile event! Congrats Pete!