It's been nearly a month since San Luis, with a bit of rest on the training and a slow build up of volume since. There is a local 3 day event that has a 30 minute flat TT, 90+ mile road race, and a Criterium to finish it out. I've done this event several times over the years to help tune up the early form for the season ahead. I've always been top 10 on the TT, but the road race is not as selective so the strong top 10 are hard to shake throughout the day. I've been able to make the breakaway a few times, over the years. One time I won the race from that select 7 or so riders, with no shake up in the GC ( 2010 i believe, who was second and then won the overall? Andrew Talansky, you may have heard of him ). One year, I made the breakaway when I first started racing with Travis McCabe, and I MADE him sit in the field to watch how it was raced from that perspective instead of always trying to push, push, push all day. That year in fact, Jamis had a full squad and they were doing a training camp, so it was a good exercise for all involved. I believe they won that road race, and the overall as well. I've also won from a field sprint, so if it's not selective or some negative racing, the exercise of trying to sprint late is always a good test.
I did win the road race, and needed some 30 seconds in the criterium to pull off an overall. The crit was only 60 minutes, which, at a higher level typically isn't enough to shake the stronger riders up enough. You can get them on the ropes, but usually need around 90 mins of really hard racing before it blows to bits.
Luis Amaran drove in from New Mexico so we can continue to work on racing together. I can tell we will be good at knowing what to do in races and finding each other, but this race his fitness wasn't spot on like it has been before, but we have plenty of racing to come.