The Roster: Barry Miller, Chad Beyer, Chris Horner, Matt Jeannes, and Nicholai Tanovitchii
Stage 1: McKenzie Pass Road Race
The course was relatively flat and open except for one kicker 17 miles in. The field eventually decided to chase as Hincapie missed the move and we rode extremely hard up the hill as our gap shrunk to 30s. Over the top we had lost about half of the riders and only 1 amateur was left in the group. We went over the top and got immediately on the gas with 8 guys riding all out. For a while it was tense as the gap stayed around 50s but eventually it went up to 2:30 and we could settle in to our tempo.
Barry, Chad, Chris, and Nicholae road well and all finished in the small main group at the finish line atop McKenzie pass. The first real GC shake-up would occur in the time trial the following day. Last year Nicholae took yellow, so we had high hopes of another solid result.
Stage 2: Crooked River Time Trial
Time Trials are time trials and this one was as uninteresting as the rest. I was riding my TT bike with shallow wheels and tasked with just riding tempo. It was a long day yesterday and I might be needed to control and help teammates tomorrow if they placed well in GC. I rode out easy and tried to push a little more on the way home. Respectable but plenty left in the tank put me in 37th on the day. Nothing to write home about. Unfortunately none of us had good days and our GC hopes were done after the day. The next three stages would be all about getting a stage result.
Stage 3: Mount Bachelor Road Race
With an early start we had plenty of down time in the afternoon and I got to enjoy a nice float down the river. No complaints about that. Bend was a cool spot to race for the week.
Stage 4: Downtown Criterium
More rest today. Chad and I were in a competition to see who could do the least power over the 75 minute four corner race. Chad got in the break that stuck to the line so he definitely lost. I avoided any mishaps and relaxed. Chad ended up 4th or 5th in the sprint. I just wanted to have headphones or someone to talk to because that was a boring 75 minutes.
Stage 5: Aubrey Butte Circuit Race
Regardless of the results the team is riding strong and showed it all week, always present and being a part of the finishes. I got in some great time on the pedals in the break and gained some confidence after 2 weeks at altitude. Now some rest and the Tour of Utah begins on August 1st!