Team Gates Carbon Drive scored a hat trick last weekend, taking wins in two singlespeed races and the 35+ Open category on Sunday.
Saturday’s race in Westminster, Colorado, offered up off-camber grass sections requiring big power, big stair run-ups and plenty of technical sections. Jesse Swift and Garrett Davis powered to the holeshot and quickly gapped the field, but Carlos Casali went down in a crash. Jesse and Garrett worked well together, while Mitch Westall showed team strength working for Carlos to bring him back towards the front so he could gain maximum points towards the Boulder Cup Series.
In the end it was a Team Gates Carbon Drive sweep of the podium, with Jesse Swift, Mitch Westall and Carlos Casali taking the honors! And with Garrett Davis, Derek Strong and Taylor Jung wrapping up 5th through 7th places, the team dominated once again.
Jesse Swift was anxious to get back to the racing on Sunday, and was up early for the 35+ Open race, squaring off against all those guys that use multiple gears. But it only took a few laps before he was alone at the front with one of the categories toughest racers Tim Faia. It was a very tactical final couple laps, as the two pushed each other to the limit, forcing a trip by Jesse which he had to fight back from. On the final lap Jesse was able to take the lead by bunnyhopping a single barrier, and had to fight hard the rest of the lap to keep Tim behind him and secure the win!
In the single speed race later that day, Carlos Casali and myself represented the team. While Carlos took the lead right from the first couple laps, my lingering cold “forced” me to join the Team Gates Carbon Drive cheering squad, as they represented one of our fine sponsors; Oskar Blues Brewery. I almost felt guilty with the hard work that Carlos was putting in, but it was all worth it as he held off a hard-charging field on a fun course to take the win as the skies went dark for the evening. Three wins for the team over the weekend!
With SSCXWC 2011 wrapped up, Team Gates Carbon Drive is on form and continuing to build and focus on the Colorado State Championships in a few weeks!