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Huff steals victory at Dana Point

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Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) wins Southern California's 5th annual Dana Point Grand Prix criterium

Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) wins Southern California's 5th annual Dana Point Grand Prix criterium
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It's always beach weather at Southern California races.

It's always beach weather at Southern California races.
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A well-deserved bit of champagne for Kersten, Huff and Bahati.

A well-deserved bit of champagne for Kersten, Huff and Bahati.
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Kersten, Huff and Bahati let the bubbly fly in Dana Point.

Kersten, Huff and Bahati let the bubbly fly in Dana Point.
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Previous Dana Point winner Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ/Pista Palace) discusses the race with announcer Dave Towle.

Previous Dana Point winner Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ/Pista Palace) discusses the race with announcer Dave Towle.
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Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) takes an NRC victory in Dana Point over Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ/Pista Palace) and Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia.)

Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) takes an NRC victory in Dana Point over Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ/Pista Palace) and Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia.)
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Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) ramps things up inside five laps to go.

Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) ramps things up inside five laps to go.
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Local boy Devan Dunn (CashCall Mortgage) almost stole the show at Dana Point.

Local boy Devan Dunn (CashCall Mortgage) almost stole the show at Dana Point.
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Cameron Peterson (Fly V Australia) takes a look back on the finishing stretch.

Cameron Peterson (Fly V Australia) takes a look back on the finishing stretch.
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The day's break wasn't always organized.

The day's break wasn't always organized.
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He must keep water in the gas tank.

He must keep water in the gas tank.
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A race course beer garden kept the fans happy in Dana Point.

A race course beer garden kept the fans happy in Dana Point.
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Fly V Australia taking a dig on turn three at Dana Point.

Fly V Australia taking a dig on turn three at Dana Point.
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Warm weather and sunshine means Southern California seaside racing in Dana Point.

Warm weather and sunshine means Southern California seaside racing in Dana Point.
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Fly V Australia was always a presence, but didn't take the win in the end.

Fly V Australia was always a presence, but didn't take the win in the end.
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Pam Schuster (Incycle) raced the Tour de France Feminin in 1996 and is still going strong today.

Pam Schuster (Incycle) raced the Tour de France Feminin in 1996 and is still going strong today.
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16 year old Jennifer Valenti (Adams Avenue Bicycles) won the women's race at Dana Point.

16 year old Jennifer Valenti (Adams Avenue Bicycles) won the women's race at Dana Point.
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Rasta gets the shot in Dana Point.

Rasta gets the shot in Dana Point.
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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.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brad Huff (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)1:29:56
2Rahsaan Bahati0:00:01
3Ben Kersten (V Australia-Virgin Blue Present)
4Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson (Sho-air/Rock 'n Road)
5Kayle Leo Grande (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)0:00:02
6Anthony Canevari (CashCall Mortgage)
7Collin Samaan (Wonderful Pistachios)
8David Santos (CashCall Mortgage)0:00:03
9Devan Dunn (CashCall Mortgage)0:00:04
10Ian Moir0:00:05
11Rudolph Napolitano (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)0:00:07
12Brandon Trafton (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)
13Michael Herdman (Herbalife LaGrange)0:00:10
14Bernard Sulzberger0:00:28
15Sterling Magnell (Wonderful Pistachios)0:00:40
16Kenneth Hanson (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)
17Martin Adamczyk (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)
18Michael Larsen0:00:41
19Lee Muse (CashCall Mortgage)
20Steve Reaney (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)
21Chris Demarchi (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)0:00:42
22Armin Rahm (Santa Ynez Valley Racing Team)
23Jed Rogers (Toyota / Cycling Team)
24Sean Mazich (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)0:00:43
25Pierre Zamorano
26Nick Walker
27Brian Cornelius (02 Modern Fitness)
28Tyler Brandt (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)
29Danny Kam (Herbalife LaGrange)
30Bryan Larsen (A Road Bike 4U Elite Team)
31Menso De Jong (Wonderful Pistachios)
32James Gunn-Wilkinson (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)
33Thomas Robles (Sho-air/Rock 'n Road)0:00:46
34Michael Jacques (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)0:00:47
35Colt Peterson (VRC)
36Austin Carroll (OUCH Pro Cycling)
37Andrew Salcedo (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)0:00:48
38Alex Jarman (Swami's Cycling Club)
39Cory Bruno (socalcycling.com)0:00:49
40Mike Tettleton (Full Circle Sports)0:00:50
41Robert Kamppila (CA Pools/DeWalt)
42Alexi Martinez (Wonderful Pistachios)
43Adam Livingston (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)0:00:51
44Jason Bausch (Velo Club LaGrange)0:00:52
45Rogelio Horta Castro
46Emmanuel Gomez (The TEAM)0:00:54
47Mark Shimahara (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)
48Julio Mollindo0:00:55
49William Dickeson
50Bob Pellkofer (FRANCO MRI Racing p/b Wins Whee)0:00:56
51Randall Coxworth (Breakaway-UBS Elite Masters)
52Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia-Virgin Blue Present)
53Unknown Rider
54Ruben Meza (socalcycling.com)
55Trevor Haag (Swami's Cycling Club)
56Miles Lamon (Yahoo Cycling Team)
57Aaron Schneider (Full Circle Sports)
58Tomo Hamasaki (CA Pools Racing/De Walt)
59Jonathan Eropkin (SAFEWAY/PureRed Creative/Bicycl)0:01:01
60Joshua Webster (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)0:01:02
61Shawn Vangassen (socalcycling.com)0:01:03
62Jeremiah Wiscovitch (Monster Media Racing SCVELO)0:01:05
63Cameron Peterson0:01:06
64Raul Frias (socalcycling.com)
65Brian Mcculloch (CashCall Mortgage)
66James Esser (Kretzschmr Steel Racing)0:01:11
67Blake Anton (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)0:01:16
68Lucas Binder (Pista Palace)
69Cody O'reilly (OUCH Pro Cycling)0:01:20
70Nicholas Onate (ACQUA AL 2/SDBC)
71Frank Sarate (socalcycling.com)0:01:24
72Anthony Aker (SKLZ p/b PISTA PALACE)0:01:30
73Sean Sullivan0:01:48
74Eric Losak (A Road Bike 4U Elite Team)0:01:57
75Timothy Farnham (Wonderful Pistachios)0:02:05

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