The Women's open field held together for a brief time before Kerry Barnholt put her foot down half way through her race and ran away with the jersey effort.
This was clearly the race of the day, reminiscent of an Ali/Frazier bout of the 1970's. The field was large, and things kept together and fairly tight until halfway through lap two when the elite group seperated. Brandon Dwight, Matt Pacocha, Jake Wells and Yannick Eckman, yeah Eckman, 14 years young had made the elite group. Where was Jonothan Baker, probably the biggest pre-race favorite? He had a bad start, but slowly was bridging to the elite group. Early on Eckman attacked and Wells marked his move holding the lead group together and as they seperated and got into cruise mode, Baker jumped on the chance and was able to join the lead group, not what they probably wanted to see mid race. Baker eventually blew a sidewall and was eliminated. Eckman, all though valiant and gaining some big experience points was dropped and it was Dwight, Wells and Pacocha left to battle for the jersey. JDubs went to the front and took a substantial pull, Pacocha attacked on the back stretch of the course only to be reeled back in. The critical point of the race for Dwight (which I caught on vij, I'll post it later today) came when he remounted after the first barriers and his saddle slipped. Wells and Pacocha acquired a ten second gap at that point. It took Dwight two laps to bridge back up, but this may have been the effort that cost him in the end. He launched several viscious attacks with a lap and a half to go and got a gap but was quickly caught by the chasers. Pacocha looked the strongest of the three and he sat on Wells wheel waiting for the critical moment. Dwight led out the sprint on the last asphalt section. When Jake Wells started his charge for the Championship Jersey roughly three hundred meters from the line Pacocha went with him and jumped at about 200 meters taking the victory over Wells by just a second or so...an amazing and exciting race, don't sweat it Jake, you are still a champ.
Burnsy Charging the Barriers
The face of suffering