Give guys a compelling reason, and they will race hard. Usually it only takes a little bit of money. And I really mean a little. At the Tuesday night Westlake race, even a $2 prime is enough to trigger a fierce sprint.
Sometimes the reason is to prepare for a big race. In past years, the Tuesday before crit nationals has been the fastest night (or one of them) of the year. Guys have some up from Columbus, or over from Toledo and Michigan, to get a last stretch of the legs before heading to Chicago.
We like to oblige them with a fast race. And then when someone like Jim Baldesare wins at Downers Grove, we get to take a (very) small amount of credit, whether deserved or not (not).
Last Tuesday, we didn’t have the really big guns that have come out in years past. But we did get a couple of out-of-town pros from the DLP Racing team. They were on their way from the Rochester race to Chicago, by way of Jim Behrens’ offer of a place to stay.
We gave them a reasonably fast and aggressive race. Not as fast as some, but a good tuneup for the weekend.
They didn’t win in Chicago, but each had a pretty good result (see below, #14 & #16). Next year? Westlake on the National Racing Calendar the Tuesday before crit nationals?
1 Rahsaan Bahati (USA) Rock Racing 2.21.21
2 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies – Medifast
3 Mark Hekman (USA) Toshiba – Santo Pro Cycling p/b Herbalife
4 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team
5 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
6 Kayle Leogrande (USA) Rock Racing
7 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Jittery Joe’s Pro Cycling Team
8 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Toyota – United Pro Cycling Team
9 Jake Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
10 Stephen Kincaid (USA) Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebell & Shebell
11 Daniel Holloway (USA) Garmin-Chipotle p/b H3O
12 Maxime Vives (Can) Calyon Pro Cycling Team
13 Adam Myerson (USA) Time Pro Cycling
14 Owen Nielsen (USA) DLP Racing
15 Robbie King (USA) Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebell & Shebell
16 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Toshiba – Santo Pro Cycling p/b Herbalife
17 Scott Jackson (USA) DLP Racing