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)||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|4||Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson (Sho-air/Rock 'n Road)||Row 3 - Cell 2|
|5||Kayle Leo Grande (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)||0:00:02|
|6||Anthony Canevari (CashCall Mortgage)||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|7||Collin Samaan (Wonderful Pistachios)||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|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)||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Michael Herdman (Herbalife LaGrange)||0:00:10|
|15||Sterling Magnell (Wonderful Pistachios)||0:00:40|
|16||Kenneth Hanson (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)||Row 15 - Cell 2|
|17||Martin Adamczyk (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)||Row 16 - Cell 2|
|19||Lee Muse (CashCall Mortgage)||Row 18 - Cell 2|
|20||Steve Reaney (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)||Row 19 - Cell 2|
|21||Chris Demarchi (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)||0:00:42|
|22||Armin Rahm (Santa Ynez Valley Racing Team)||Row 21 - Cell 2|
|23||Jed Rogers (Toyota / Cycling Team)||Row 22 - Cell 2|
|24||Sean Mazich (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)||0:00:43|
|25||Pierre Zamorano||Row 24 - Cell 2|
|26||Nick Walker||Row 25 - Cell 2|
|27||Brian Cornelius (02 Modern Fitness)||Row 26 - Cell 2|
|28||Tyler Brandt (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)||Row 27 - Cell 2|
|29||Danny Kam (Herbalife LaGrange)||Row 28 - Cell 2|
|30||Bryan Larsen (A Road Bike 4U Elite Team)||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|31||Menso De Jong (Wonderful Pistachios)||Row 30 - Cell 2|
|32||James Gunn-Wilkinson (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|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)||Row 34 - Cell 2|
|36||Austin Carroll (OUCH Pro Cycling)||Row 35 - Cell 2|
|37||Andrew Salcedo (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)||0:00:48|
|38||Alex Jarman (Swami's Cycling Club)||Row 37 - Cell 2|
|39||Cory Bruno (socalcycling.com)||0:00:49|
|40||Mike Tettleton (Full Circle Sports)||0:00:50|
|41||Robert Kamppila (CA Pools/DeWalt)||Row 40 - Cell 2|
|42||Alexi Martinez (Wonderful Pistachios)||Row 41 - Cell 2|
|43||Adam Livingston (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)||0:00:51|
|44||Jason Bausch (Velo Club LaGrange)||0:00:52|
|45||Rogelio Horta Castro||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|46||Emmanuel Gomez (The TEAM)||0:00:54|
|47||Mark Shimahara (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)||Row 46 - Cell 2|
|49||William Dickeson||Row 48 - Cell 2|
|50||Bob Pellkofer (FRANCO MRI Racing p/b Wins Whee)||0:00:56|
|51||Randall Coxworth (Breakaway-UBS Elite Masters)||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|52||Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia-Virgin Blue Present)||Row 51 - Cell 2|
|53||Unknown Rider||Row 52 - Cell 2|
|54||Ruben Meza (socalcycling.com)||Row 53 - Cell 2|
|55||Trevor Haag (Swami's Cycling Club)||Row 54 - Cell 2|
|56||Miles Lamon (Yahoo Cycling Team)||Row 55 - Cell 2|
|57||Aaron Schneider (Full Circle Sports)||Row 56 - Cell 2|
|58||Tomo Hamasaki (CA Pools Racing/De Walt)||Row 57 - Cell 2|
|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)||Row 63 - Cell 2|
|65||Brian Mcculloch (CashCall Mortgage)||Row 64 - Cell 2|
|66||James Esser (Kretzschmr Steel Racing)||0:01:11|
|67||Blake Anton (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)||0:01:16|
|68||Lucas Binder (Pista Palace)||Row 67 - Cell 2|
|69||Cody O'reilly (OUCH Pro Cycling)||0:01:20|
|70||Nicholas Onate (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)||Row 69 - Cell 2|
|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|
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.
Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.
She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.