The Old Town Temecula Grand Prix reemerged on a course that was previously used in the 90’s. This is a fantastic course that was fun and challenging to do and consisted of two right hand turns, one large bend and a kicker hill that would wear on the riders after a while.
The Old Town Temecula Grand Prix Race Director Jay Szczypiorski and the volunteers did a great job bringing a family oriented event to the calendar that had a little bit for everyone and the event’s proceeds benefitted a charity.
The Pro 1/2 race saw a strong representation from KHS-Maxxis-JL Velo, SDBC, SoCalCycling.com Team, Centric and Full Circle Cycling.
The race started out with breaks trying to launch off the front, with the riders just getting into their rhythm. The Teams beat each other up sending guys off the front while drawing out the other teams.
After relentless attacks and covering moves for most of the race, finally near the end of the race you started to see the teams and riders make the final moves. The breaks finally started to take shape and most teams were represented in the splits.
Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JL Velo) and Erick Sobey (SoCalCycling.com Team) made the first of the late attacks to open up what would be the rest of the teams coming out to send their guys to the front to chase. Once the duo was caught from the chasing groups the groups started to split up once again and then SDBC’s Logan Hunter Bass made a daring move to try to steal the victory from the other teams with a solo move off the front that gained a large gap and looked like it might stick. However, some of the guys from the other strong teams weren’t having it and pulled Bass back with one lap to go. In the end, it came down to a five man sprint for the win, with Ulises Castillo (KHS-Maxxis-JL Velo) taking the win.
This race was a SoCal Cup race, which saw Inno Zavyalov (SoCalCycling.com Team) move into the lead after the Old Town Temecula Grand Prix and take the leaders jersey.
Colleen Gulick (Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell &Shebell) won the Women’s 1-3 race ahead of Angela Frayre (Monster Media) and Shelby Reynolds (Monster Media).
Photos & Report by Frank Sarate / SoCalCycling.com