Michael Jasinski – 3rd GC
Peter, Nick, Michael, and AJ Kennedy gathered in Chico, CA for a 2 day, 3 event stage race that started with the Paskenta Road Race. About 5 miles into the race Webcor started the attacks. A flurry of about five attacks all initiated by Webcor were followed by an aggressive move by Eric Wohlberg of Form Fitness. Peter Graf was quick to get on the move and they went up the road. With no Webcor rider represented in the break, it would be on them to do all of the chasing. Peter rode smart as he was now in a move with two other form fitness riders. He said that he did minimal work as to preserve himself since he was out numbered two to one. The break moved out to a maximum gap of 1:25. This was definitely good for us as it kept Michael still in the hunt based on
the fact that we still had 60+ miles left to race. As we hit the
gravel on the first lap, Michael moved to the front and was able to go
clear with a small select group of riders in the gravel section. At
the finish of the gravel sector, the gap had come down to 25 seconds
and soon after the finish of the first lap, the break was caught. At
about mile 60 or so, Adam Carr from Form Fitness went off the front
solo and held the gap till about mile 75 when he was caught by a solo
bridge effort by Michael. Approaching the final climb before the down
hill finish, Michael put in a series of attacks to go for the win
solo. With a small gap over the summit and approaching the finish
Michael went full gas, Adam was narrowly able to close the gap and
catch Michael’s slipstream and come around him in the final meters for
In the small group behind Peter was able to respond to a flurry of
attacks over the last climb to the finish in the first chase group in
5th place which was the first Category 2 rider to finish.
Aqua Frias TT – Going into the TT Michael was 2 seconds out of first
place after the time bonuses from the RR. More importantly he had to
deliver the TT of his life to stay on the podium racing against Roman
Kilun of KENDA/GearGrinder & two time Canadian TT champ Eric Wohlberg.
Michael rose to the occasion and finished third on the day to Roman
and Eric. He passed Adam Carr on GC and was now in third place overall
going into the Crit.
Chico Crit – “The Day of Reckoning” With AJ, Peter & Nic vowing to
protect Michael’s overall the tactics for the crit were pretty
straight forward and it was not going to be easy. With Roman on guard watching Eric Wohlberg, the task was to watch out for the fourth and fifth place riders on GC. This would prove challenging as the rider in fifth overall got
into the breakaway with Patrick and Nic from the start of the race. This all changed when Nic got popped from the break after taking the first time bonus to keep Michael’s lead in tact. Once Nic came back the next half hour of racing was spent with Peter and AJ talking half lap pulls with occasional help from two other riders. Nic joined in after recovering. With about 15 laps to go Michael sensed the danger as the gap began to grow and reached a maximum of 20
seconds. At this point Michael started taking monster pulls to protect his overall. With 5 laps to go the gap was back down to 15 seconds and at the finish the break stayed away at 12 seconds. Michael’s third place overall was secure and he was on the podium with two of Norcals best riders!