The CBR Criterium # 3 of 7, which is located in Carson, started and finished with fantastic weather and racing for the day. The Cat 1-2 race started with 75 riders and most teams started with around 3 – 6 riders so it was going to be a tactical race.
The race started out fast with primes on the line right from the start to get things strung out right from the beginning There were some early attacks from the junior teams and some solo attacks that kept the teams on their toes. Things started getting a little more aggressive mid-way through the race as the stronger teams started to show their colors.
LABC started to get things going towards the end of the race with a solo move by Jason Cianfrocca that drew out the late moves. With Jason (LABC) putting out some serious watts to stay away for several laps solo, the main teams started to come forward.
A strong break formed and swelled to around twelve riders as the pack reeled in Jason. Then an attack from that group split the break and David Ruvalcaba (SoCalCycling.com Team) was the first to attack. Three riders began chasing David with about three laps to go and the field absorbed the remaining riders in the large break.
The win would come from one of the four riders up the road. It looked like it was going to be close as the three chasers worked well together to stay away from the field and coming around the last corner David Ruvalcaba (SoCalCycling.com Team) had a slim margin as Jason Paez (LABC) charged ahead from the other two riders to catch David just before the line.
That was an exciting race to watch as there were many attacks all day and it was an animated race.
In the Women’s Pro 1-3 race, Chloe Patrick (Serious Cycling) took the win ahead of Colleen Gulick (Pickle Juice Pro Cycling) in 2nd and Priscilla Savord (LABC) in 3rd.
1 Jason Paez (SC Velo Elite Team)
2 David Ruvalcaba (SoCalCycling.com Team)
3 Stephen Pimentel (Velo Kings Racing p/b ATP Coaching)
1 Chloe Patrick (Serious Cycling)
2 Colleen Gulick (Pickle Juice Pro Cycling)
3 Priscilla Savord (LABC)
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