Race report - CCCX Race #1/ Monterey, CA 2/1/2014
This was my first race in Category 2 and needless to say I was a little nervous going in. I did my usual pre-race ride the night before and showed up this morning to do a quick warm up before the race. My legs were feeling good and mentally I was focused on nothing but the course. Sitting at the start line I visualized the start and first lap and what my tactics will be depending on certain situations. As I hear the whistle blow for the Pro and CAT 1 Expert fields, the nerves kick and before I know it, it's our whistle. The whistle blows and all 30 plus racers jump! As I'm pushing up the 3/4 mile road start to the dirt, I'm tracking the leader and making my way through slower traffic. We hit the dirt and I'm feeling good, sitting in 11th or 12th position knowing there's plenty of time to make a push and keep other racers from catching and passing me. First two laps go really good and I'm making my way through the field and others. On the third lap I decided to push a little harder and see if I can make a run for the podium. During the third and fourth laps, I had a few racers challenge me but I kept steady pressure on the pedals and pushed a bigger gear to drop them. To my amazement on the fourth and final lap, I come through the finish corral with a 5th place finish!
Awesome start for a long season and feeling great about my fitness level and knowing it's going to get better from here! Lee Jetton
Michael DeCouto racing to a 1st place finish in the Cat 2 35-44 class!
Photos by Steve Anderson.