Carlos Casali, the big Brazilian powerhouse of Team Gates Carbon Drive, proudly wore the leader’s jersey in Boulder Cyclocross Series racing this weekend while teammate Chad Melis showed that he can dominate a race after jumping off the couch.
Race number three of the Boulder series took place on the challenging and twisty grass course at Interlocken, where riders battled sidewalks, a huge sandpit and off-camber turns. Melis, a beer lover whose day job is at Oskar Blues Brewery, finally got the chance to show off his strong legs. After Casali drilled the first two laps, forcing a separation of the leaders, Melis made his move–taking Trek rider Joe Saperstein with him. Those two worked together and were able to stay away to the finish. Saperstein took the win, but Melis showed amazing form considering it was his first cyclocross race of the season. It must be the beer!
Casali held on for third place, while Gates teammates Derek Strong moved up to fifth place, and Taylor Jung grabbed an impressive sixth. In another competition that was tough to battle geared bikes on, Cristina Begy represented Team Gates Carbon Drive with a solid 16th place in the Women’s Open race. No doubt, she was preparing and looking forward to a strong performance this upcoming weekend as Boulder hosts two UCI races at the Boulder Cup. See you next weekend!