Return to Crits: 2015 Roger Millikan Cat 4/5 Masters by Peter Rinde
The Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium marks my return to crit racing in a year after a brief stint in early 2014. On a short 0.7 mile course, the next to the last turn offered racers a mild incline that seemed to level the playing field for climbers. Fellow PAA racers in the 40+ cat 4/5 field included Alex Robinson, Brandon Heflin of Centric Bikes, and Sean Hall. Big shout out to Brandon for returning to racing after a few years off. I easily downed a pack of PowerBar gel 15 minutes before the start to ensure maximum energy reserves, took a couple of sips of water, and readied myself for the start. Eddie Ramirez gave us an overview of the course, and that helped set expectations for the first couple of laps.
Thank you to our sponsors: Empire Bikes, Re/Max (Pete, Lisa, & Eddie), Nancy Bond Insurance, Robert K. Shimasaki DDS, Polsinelli Attorneys, Coach Rick Babington, Kevin Knapp Insurance Agent, Matt Construction, Powerbar for nutrition support, Louise Garneau for Clothing and Gear Support, Centric Bicycles, Franco Bicycles, Carole Neary Integrated Health & Wellness, and Fly6 Cameras.