Brad Huff (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) was crowned the 2011 NRC Dana Point Grand Prix winner on Sunday. The former US pro criterium champion stole the victory ahead of late-race breakaway rider Devon Dunn (Cash Call Mortgage Cycling) in second and another former US pro criterium champion Rahssan Bahati (Pista Palace) in third.
"I tried to follow the moves and the other teams did a great job," Huff said. "When a breakaway is that big it's hard to control it. Dunn's team had a couple of guys in the race and they went for a few primes and then he just went for it, it was a great move. This is a great win for Jelly Belly p/b Kenda."
There were several sprinters called to the line that included Australian National Criterium Champion, Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia), Rahsaan Bahati (Pista Palace) and Brad Huff (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) and former event winner Sterling Magnell (Wonderful Pistachios), among others.
Race organizers offered the field a fast course that averaged roughly a minute and half per lap with a small incline before the last corner. The men were racing for 90 minutes and a $15,000 divided amongst the top 20 places.
Cantwell stretched his legs and attacked in the opening laps. His efforts were short lived and he remained in the field, saved for a possible field sprint at the end of the race.
Several more attacks in the first half of the race until Dunn split the elastic band and gained 15-seconds on the field. He picked up two $100 USD primes along the way before being reabsorbed into the field.
Dunn attacked for a second time and was quickly followed by Jelly Belly p/b Kenda rider for two laps. The field brought the pair back mid-race.
A group of roughly 15 riders split off the front that included Dunn, Bahati and Huff along with Bernie Sulzberger, Ben Kersten and Sean Sullivan (V Australia) and riders from Yahoo! Cycling, RideClean, Wonderful Pistachios and California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized, among others.
"It was really hard and my legs hurt really bad," Dunn said. "I just had fun, it is such a fun race and I've been looking forward to it from the beginning of the year. I'm glad I could do something in the race."
The group gained 25 seconds on the field with 15 minutes to go and it looked probable that the move would stick all the way to the finish line. The gap increased to 35 seconds with 10 laps to go.
Dunn put forth one more attack with four laps to go and gained a sizable lead. Huff jumped out of the chase group and tried to bridge across to Dunn with three laps to go. Dunn remained solo through the final lap, before Huff attacked, caught and passed him in the last few hundred meters.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Brad Huff (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)||1:29:56|
|3||Ben Kersten (V Australia-Virgin Blue Present)|
|4||Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson (Sho-air/Rock 'n Road)|
|5||Kayle Leo Grande (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)||0:00:02|
|6||Anthony Canevari (CashCall Mortgage)|
|7||Collin Samaan (Wonderful Pistachios)|
|8||David Santos (CashCall Mortgage)||0:00:03|
|9||Devan Dunn (CashCall Mortgage)||0:00:04|
|11||Rudolph Napolitano (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)||0:00:07|
|12||Brandon Trafton (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)|
|13||Michael Herdman (Herbalife LaGrange)||0:00:10|
|15||Sterling Magnell (Wonderful Pistachios)||0:00:40|
|16||Kenneth Hanson (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)|
|17||Martin Adamczyk (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)|
|19||Lee Muse (CashCall Mortgage)|
|20||Steve Reaney (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)|
|21||Chris Demarchi (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)||0:00:42|
|22||Armin Rahm (Santa Ynez Valley Racing Team)|
|23||Jed Rogers (Toyota / Cycling Team)|
|24||Sean Mazich (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)||0:00:43|
|27||Brian Cornelius (02 Modern Fitness)|
|28||Tyler Brandt (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)|
|29||Danny Kam (Herbalife LaGrange)|
|30||Bryan Larsen (A Road Bike 4U Elite Team)|
|31||Menso De Jong (Wonderful Pistachios)|
|32||James Gunn-Wilkinson (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)|
|33||Thomas Robles (Sho-air/Rock 'n Road)||0:00:46|
|34||Michael Jacques (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)||0:00:47|
|35||Colt Peterson (VRC)|
|36||Austin Carroll (OUCH Pro Cycling)|
|37||Andrew Salcedo (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)||0:00:48|
|38||Alex Jarman (Swami's Cycling Club)|
|39||Cory Bruno (socalcycling.com)||0:00:49|
|40||Mike Tettleton (Full Circle Sports)||0:00:50|
|41||Robert Kamppila (CA Pools/DeWalt)|
|42||Alexi Martinez (Wonderful Pistachios)|
|43||Adam Livingston (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)||0:00:51|
|44||Jason Bausch (Velo Club LaGrange)||0:00:52|
|45||Rogelio Horta Castro|
|46||Emmanuel Gomez (The TEAM)||0:00:54|
|47||Mark Shimahara (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)|
|50||Bob Pellkofer (FRANCO MRI Racing p/b Wins Whee)||0:00:56|
|51||Randall Coxworth (Breakaway-UBS Elite Masters)|
|52||Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia-Virgin Blue Present)|
|54||Ruben Meza (socalcycling.com)|
|55||Trevor Haag (Swami's Cycling Club)|
|56||Miles Lamon (Yahoo Cycling Team)|
|57||Aaron Schneider (Full Circle Sports)|
|58||Tomo Hamasaki (CA Pools Racing/De Walt)|
|59||Jonathan Eropkin (SAFEWAY/PureRed Creative/Bicycl)||0:01:01|
|60||Joshua Webster (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)||0:01:02|
|61||Shawn Vangassen (socalcycling.com)||0:01:03|
|62||Jeremiah Wiscovitch (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)||0:01:05|
|64||Raul Frias (socalcycling.com)|
|65||Brian Mcculloch (CashCall Mortgage)|
|66||James Esser (Kretzschmr Steel Racing)||0:01:11|
|67||Blake Anton (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)||0:01:16|
|68||Lucas Binder (Pista Palace)|
|69||Cody O'reilly (OUCH Pro Cycling)||0:01:20|
|70||Nicholas Onate (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)|
|71||Frank Sarate (socalcycling.com)||0:01:24|
|72||Anthony Aker (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)||0:01:30|
|74||Eric Losak (A Road Bike 4U Elite Team)||0:01:57|
|75||Timothy Farnham (Wonderful Pistachios)||0:02:05|