By Thomas Mattsson: The traditional start of the summer Road Racing season was this weekend in Las Cruces and Hillsboro with the Trifecta hosted by Zia Velo.
Saturday was not summer – the TT took place in snow and rain mix with 32F on the Garmin at the turnaround!
Daniel Ruiz and Thomas Mattsson braved the elements racing M Cat 4 with Thomas on the podium in 3rd and Daniel in 4th place.
The Hillsboro Road Race on Sunday instead brought wonderful spring weather: not much wind, clear skies, and 45 to 65 F, a short-sleeve day!
HDB was represented by Sandy Knudsen, Thomas Mattsson, and Daniel Ruiz.
The race combined several categories into groups, resulting in large Pelotons and hectic racing.
Sandy won the W Masters category and was only a few minutes off the winner in W Cat 4/5.
Your embedded reporter raced M Cat 4 with Daniel and can report that the tempo was furious this year. On the way out, a 5 person break was forming and Echelon was controlling the peloton with one rider in the break. We decided to go for it and launched a bridging attempt, Thomas led out and Daniel sling-shot with a hard push to successfully join the break. The break was at a point 1 min 10 seconds ahead of the main field. It was looking good. The rollers took a tool though and the break fell apart with two racers getting away. Daniel joined the main group and after refueling he finished strong to a 4th place overall in Cat 4. Thomas finished 11th.
Next road event is the 505 Classic April 6-7 here in Albuquerque.
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