Huff edges Williams at Dana Point Grand Prix

Jelly Belly man takes the win for the second year in a row

Outfoxing a stacked UnitedHealthcare team, Jelly Belly's Brad Huff took his second Dana Point Grand Prix win today on a sunny afternoon in Southern California.

On the final lap of the 90 minute race, Huff, who also won the 2011 edition, tucked in behind a UnitedHealthcare lead out train and out-kicked the charging field on the final straightaway on California's iconic Pacific Coast Highway.

Twenty-two-year old Justin Williams (CashCall Mortgage) placed second while 20-year old Ben Swedberg (California Giant Berry Farms) took third ahead of fourth place Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare).

The six-corner race took riders through a neighborhood of finely appointed, tile-roofed homes above the Pacific Ocean and Dana Point Harbor. An early three-man break containing Sergio Hernandez (Jelly Belly), Alex Darville (Hammer Nutrition), and Ian Moir (Kelly Benefit Strategies) split off the front some 20 minutes into the race. But with UnitedHealthcare strongman Karl Menzies at the front of the field, their effort did not last long.

Another breakaway got away some 50 minutes into the race, but when past Dana Point winner Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation) attacked the field in an attempt to bridge up to the break, alarm bells went off in the pack and the break of about 15 riders was absorbed.

CashCall Mortgage rider Stefano Barberi countered in a bold solo move on a gentle riser on the course's back stretch. Barberi's advantaged stretched to 30 seconds - at one point he was so far off the front that he was out of the field's sight. Before things could get out of hand, South African Jay Thomson took over duties for UnitedHealthcare at the front of the field and with seven laps remaining Barberi had been fished back to the peloton.

From that point on, UnitedHealthcare tightly controlled the sharp end of the race, but their efforts were for naught.

With five to go, Huff was jammed up some 50 riders back and relied on his Jelly Belly teammates for an escalator ride back up to the UnitedHealthcare floor. Then on the bell lap, Huff and youngsters Williams and Swedberg powered through in the last 100 meters to sweep the podium positions.

"It's impressive," Huff said about his win. "UnitedHealthcare took the front with about seven to go and I didn't know if it was going to happen because it was pretty hectic behind them. My team just did a hell of an effort to get me back up into position and I was able to finish it off."

"It feels great" to win a second Dana Point race, Huff added. "I've had a pretty rough season so far. I crashed in Taiwan and separated my AC joint, so I'm just happy to be here." He explained that he still has not fully recovered from the injury. "As long as I don't fall it's OK."

Commenting on the argy-bargy final laps, Huff noted that "everyone thought they were a sprinter and everyone thought they wanted to be on UnitedHealthcare's wheel. It kind of makes it a little dangerous for the actual sprinters." He later added, good naturedly, "But you know, that happens. I'm just proud of myself for being able to pull it out for the team."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brad Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling)1:28:52 
2Justin Williams (CashCall Mortgage)  
3Benjamin Swedberg (California Giant Cycling)  
4Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)  
5Ken Hanson (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
6Luke Keough (Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)  
7Alex Darville (Hammer Nutrition/CMG Racing Team)  
8Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation-CA)  
9Sean Sullivan (Elbowz Racing)  
10Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)  
11Kayle Leo Grande (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)  
12Diego Sandoval (Southern California Velo)  
13Colton Barrett (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
14Anthony Canevari (CashCall Mortgage)  
15Samuel Grove (Southern California Velo)  
16Benjamin Zawacki (Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)  
17Jared Barrilleaux (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)  
18Brian Mcculloch (CashCall Mortgage)  
19Danny Heeley (Hagens Berman Cycling)0:00:05 
20Chris Demarchi (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)0:00:06 
21Kyle Gritters (Sho-air/Rock 'n Road)  
22Danny Kam (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)  
23David Santos (CashCall Mortgage)  
24Nathanael Christensen (Michael David Winery Cycling Team)  
25Neil Bezdek (Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)  
26Paul Che  
27Trevor Haag (Spy-Swami's Development Elite Team)  
28Stefano Barberi (CashCall Mortgage)  
29Mike Tettleton (Full Circle Cycling)  
30Ben Bertiger (Stage 17 Racing)  
31Steve Fisher (Hagens Berman Cycling)  
32Shawn Vangassen (SoCalCycling.com / Echelon Design)  
33Martin Acosta (McGuire Cycling Team)  
34Joe Dickerson (McGuire Cycling Team)  
35Andrew Bosco (SoCalCycling.com / Echelon Design)  
36Tyler Jewell (Elbowz Racing)  
37Daniel Katz (Stage 17 Racing)  
38Randall Coxworth (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)  
39Michael Johnson (Breakaway from Cancer Masters)  
40Taylor Bertrand-Barrett (Wonderful Pistachios)  
41Michael Jasinski (Wonderful Pistachios)  
42Michael Smith Larsen  
43Julio Mollindo  
44Brian Forbes (Unity Racing)  
45Shawn Daurelio (Velo Club LaGrange)  
46Victor Ayala (Velo Club LaGrange)  
47Jacob Duehring (DNA)  
48Tom Soladay  
49Diego Yepez (Full Circle Cycling)  
50Clay Murfet  
51Guy East  
52Andrew Salcedo (Sky Procycling)  
53Sergio Hernandez (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
54Michael Herdman (Sho-air/Rock 'n Road)  
55Mark Shimahara (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)  
56Lucas Binder (Spy-Swami's Development Elite Team)0:00:23 
57Robert Kamppila (CA Pools / CFS Mortgage)  
58Miles Lamon (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)  
59Zack Simkover (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)  
60Rand Miller (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)  
61Sean Mazich (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
62Jonathan Parrish (Bicycle Haus Elite)  
63Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthCare)0:00:28 
64Brandon Gritters (Sho-air/Rock 'n Road)  
65Stuart Press (Velo Club LaGrange)  
66Michael Weicht (CashCall Mortgage)  
67Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing)0:00:31 
68Nic Hamilton (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:33 
69Patrick Caro (Full Circle Cycling)0:00:37 
70Ian Moir (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
71Joshua Goodwin (SoCalCycling.com)  
72Daniel Farinha (Full Circle Cycling)  
73Armin Rahm (Time Factory Team)  
74Heath Blackgrove (Elbowz Racing)0:00:44 
75Joseph Schmalz (Elbowz Racing)  
76Bryan Larsen (Stage 17 Racing)0:00:49 
77Jeremiah Wiscovitch (Southern California Velo)0:00:57 
78David Mccook (McGuire Cycling Team)0:01:15 
79Jay Thomson (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)0:01:18 
80Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)  
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