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Chad Beyer within striking distance of San Dimas GC (Foto by Tim De Waele)
Chad Beyer within striking distance of San Dimas GC (Foto by Tim De Waele)

Fifth place in stage 2 moves Beyer up to 8th overall in San Dimas

22. March 2009

San Dimas

Fielding such a strong team for the San Dimas Hospital Road Race, BMC started the day with an aggressive plan.  The rolling course around the Frank G Bonelli Regional Park also includes the tough Cannon climb which has 13% pitches. 

Realizing they have a strong group of climbers, BMC planned to make the race as hard as possible for everyone.  Though Jelly Belly rider Phillip Gaimon only just managed to steal BMC's thunder for the stage win, the team is still well placed with Chad Beyer sitting in 8th half a minute down.

Covering moves from the get-go

The game plan for BMC revolved around keeping team mates in the consequential early moves, while holding some strength in reserve for the final push to the finish line.  "From the start we were looking to go with the good moves," Chad Beyer explained.  "On the first lap Jeff Louder and I were in a good break with about 10 or 11 guys, but since it was so early in the race, no one was pushing it 100%."  Though that move was caught after two or three laps of the circuit, BMC riders such as Chris Barton, Taylor Tolleson, Brent Bookwalter and Jonathan Garcia inserted themselves into multiple breaks, covering anything that looked dangerous. 

Putting the hammer down with two laps to go

"The guys executed the plan just about spot on," Directeur Sportif Mike Sayers reported.  "They had multiple guys in every move and put a tremendous amount of pressure on race leaders, Fly V."  Approaching the Cannon climb into a cross wind with two laps to go, the whole BMC team was stringing out the pack, causing a great deal of damage.  "Coming up to the climb there is a sharp turn and somehow Jackson who was leading the group took the wrong turn!" Sayers reported.  Several members of the team followed, leaving only Louder, Bookwalter and Beyer heading the right direction.  Making the most of the unintentional error, Jeff Louder went full gas on the early part of the climb, further reducing the field.  "Louder made it really hard for everyone," Beyer said.  "And then I attacked on the steeper part of the climb and dropped everyone except Ben Day, Chris Baldwin and Peter Stetina."  Though the foursome was caught by the pack on the descent, Beyer has clearly shown that he is still in top condition after several weeks of strong racing. 

Motivated to come away with victory in Sunday's crit

After Beyer's breakaway was caught, the Jelly Belly rider Gaimon took a flyer and was able to hold off the charging peloton to the line.  "I think we definitely could have won the day without the miscommunication coming into the hill on that second to final lap," Sayers said.  Chad Beyer concurred: "It is a little frustrating knowing we should have won, but I'm feeling very strong, and was happy to see that only the top guys were even able to stay with me when I attacked on the climb."  With a tough criterium still to come on Sunday, anything can still happen.  "I'm not certain exactly what the team tactics will be for Sunday, but whatever they are, I always like it when we make the race really hard," Beyer exclaimed.