The Chris Thater Criterium drew a strong field from all over the east coast including riders from DC, New York City, Boston, Canada, Maryland, and Virginia. This was sure to be an exciting and tough battle for Minerva Design Cycling!
The race had 10 primes which broke things up here and there, but for the most part the group stayed together. We tried to attack and get in some breaks, but nothing was sticking. Any small break that formed was immediately shut down by the peloton. Two riders snuck off the front, but were eventually pulled back with some strong work from MDC, led by Drew. Eventually two different riders broke away after a prime, followed by 3 others on the back side of the course. Unfortunately, we thought the peloton would continue it's capture of those off the front, but this was not the case! MDC tried several times to bring the leaders back but just couldn't do it alone. The peloton was unable to work together and the riders stayed away, placing first through fifth. Coming into the final turn, everyone went wild for position before the last bend. Brendan was five riders back into the straightaway to the finish, but was able to take the field sprint for 6th place.
Although we would have liked to place higher, we all took away something positive from the race, and are continuing to gel as a team. We're learning more about how each other rides, which will surely help us in future races.