Throwdown at California Bicycle Racing’s Season Opener
With the cities and counties opening up from COVID-19 restrictions, California Bicycle Racing’s Jeff and Kris Prinz were able to cobble together their first CBR event on a short notice of permit approval with LA County.
With bike racers on the hunt for cycling events after a year of lockdowns, CBR opened their CBR Series with a four corner business park crit.
The Pro Men’s field started with 84 riders in the field. With some of the teams lining up with fewer riders than normal, Legion of Los Angeles had the most riders which allow them to control the race.
As the race unfolded, strong individual riders took their shot to try to get up the road. However, with Legion of Los Angeles being able to be in every move that went up the road this made for a foreseeable and predictable field sprint with brawling for positioning and would lead to a quad-busting drag race between the sprinters since there were a lot of fresh legs lying in wait.
With Legion of Los Angeles lining their team up with several laps remaining, they kept the front of the race lined up for the most part and had kept Cory and Justin Williams protected leading into the last corner which allowed them to unleash their finishing speed.
Legion of Los Angeles continued to show their dominance with another 1-2 finish from Cory Williams and Justin Williams and former teammate Dante Young finishing third to round out the top three.
As a side note, it was also good to see the SoCalCycling.com Team which only had four riders start on the day, with one of our riders stuck down at the border crossing and was unable to make it into the US. It was good to see the SoCalCycling.com Team showing consistency with four of the guys ending up in the top twenty and one in the top ten money slot.
Photos & Report © Frank Sarate / SoCalCycling.com