6th Annual Anger Management Criterium - CBR BAR series #2

Costa Mesa, CA

Race Report by Mark Campaigne

February 18, 2007

 

“This could work”… At least that’s what I thought I heard Chan say just two laps into the race.  Looking back I saw that six of us, sure enough, had a good gap on the rest of the Cat-3/4 field.  I also noticed Phillip Gray and another Celo Pacific rider sitting at the front of the peloton – obviously blocking for Chan, Blair, and I who were among that lead group of six.  We dug deep and stayed out front for a couple more laps but ultimately the flat non-technical course favored the chase group.  Having discussed it before the race, we had decided our “strategy” would include swarming the front on the last two laps.  So it was now time to play a waiting game.  Blair did an excellent job of showing the Celo Pacific colors by staying at or near the front almost the entire race.  As the rest of us hung in the middle recovering from the early efforts, Stefan and David decided to take the initiative with three to go and surged ahead up into the sweet spot about ten riders back.  The move also helped pull me forward.  Now one lap to go, I was in good position for a hard effort, with Phillip not far behind me.  Coming out of turn one I took the lead, put my head down and decided to give it full gas for as long as I could.  “Come on Mark” Phillip said as he and two others came around me near turn three.  I was toast.  Phillip was gapped just after turn four, but kicked it hard and was able to cross the line in tenth place.  A great finish for the team in a race where all Celo Pacific riders contributed to the cause.

 

 

Mark Campaigne (center), David Bales & Chan (far right) - Photo by Clare Campaigne

 

 

Blair Burton (center), Mark (Right Center), David (far right) - Photo by Clare Campaigne

 

 

David and Chan - Photo by Clare Campaigne

 

 

Mark (#343) and Chan (#378) - Photo by Clare Campaigne

 

 

Phillip Gray - Photo by Clare Campaigne