Monterey, CA – After a successful stint in Redlands that saw Adam de Vos take home a 5th on GC, the team made their way northwest to Monterey, California for the world famous Sea Otter Classic. Held on the Laguna Seca Raceway, the field of over 100 would cover 3 different races over a 4-day period. The criterium that took part on Thursday snaked its way around a fast course that included 2- 90 degree corners. As the temperature creeped up, so did the speed of the race and the boys rode aggressively. After a very fast race, the finishing lap was one to forget. Riders swarmed the peloton and most of the H&R Block boys found themselves out of position in the finishing kick. We were left empty handed, but it only added fuel to the fire for Saturday’s road race.
With a strong team and Adam carrying some great form, the team had their eyes on the top step of the podium for the road race. H&R Block took control of the race from the start and dictated the pace. Eight laps of a narrow and technical course were to be completed before heading up the finishing kick of 4 km. After reeling back the break with 3 laps to go, Adam was launched into a great move over the course’s serious climb. Adam played his cards in the final laps of the race and tried his hands at an attack before the finishing climb. Unfortunately he was caught with a mere 2 km to go but held on for a strong 4th place. The team was still hungry for a win as we headed into the last stage of the Sea Otter Classic.
The Circuit race was held on the entire Laguna Seca Raceway. The famous corkscrew corner and punchy climbs made for some of the most aggressive racing the boys had seen all year. With the race only lasting 75 minutes, the boys took turn launching moves from the front until a serious group of 10 made their escape. The group included Stuart, Travis and Adam. Together, they established a gap of over a minute over a splintering field. With the end of the race approaching, it was up to Adam to try and shake Daniel Holloway from his wheel. Adam launched his move on the final kick of the climb and opened up a gap on his breakaway companion. With the finish line in sight, Adam was joined by the world class sprinter and was just taken at the line. H&R Block had been aggressive all day and walked away with a very respectful second place.
The boys are hitting the road once again as they head to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Joe Martin Stage Race. Stay tuned for updated results.
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