Race report

2020 UCSB / Cal Poly Race Report

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Cal Cycling kicked off the 2020 WCCC road race season with a road race in Santa Maria and a criterium at the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo. The road race followed a scenic and windy loop around a cactus farm. The criterium was a short but extremely punchy course around the Cal Poly parking garage, including a steep descent followed by a sharp  left-hand turn. William Jow crossed the line 3rd in the Men’s C criterium, and Nic Jenkins was 3rd in the Men’s A criterium. This was the first-ever collegiate cycling race for Felix Rosen and Sean Murphy. Sean impressed with a top-ten finish in the road race and a 4th place finish in the criterium.

Sean Murphy (Men’s C)

I had not too many expectations because I didn’t know what it would be like, but I thought the road race was tons of fun and I think I did pretty well, just about as well as I could have hoped for.

For the criterium, I was scared about crashing but after pre-riding the course and getting a few laps I was more confident in myself and I thought it was a good time too, so I’m happy with it.

Preston Mui (Men’s C)

For me, the race weekend was about practice more than results. I got popped early but for the first time in my career I felt comfortable moving around the pack and fighting for wheels, maintaining good position in the first part of the road race. A 7:00AM criterium was odd timing, but I think I managed well by eating a Clif Bar for dessert the night before, which was strange.

It’s still the first race of the season and I’m still working on bringing my fitness to where I want it, so I’m satisfied with what I took from the race. I’m also pretty sure I heard a Killdeer during the road race, which is my favorite bird.