Wade and Brendan make the first break to stick...
Mike Maddox, Drew and Kris French closing the gap.
...and then there were five.
The pack was still in pursuit, but soon settled in as the break was established.
There was little doubt that the eventual winner would come from this five man break.
While there are small cash awards for top finishers in the A and B groups, primes such as this 6-pack offer immediate incentives for intermediate sprints. Patrick Small took the pack sprint and his dad took the Fat Tire.
Kris French took the sprint out of the five man break to win the A Race, but the posturing is already underway for next Wednesday's races.
Crits can be a very entertaining form of road bike racing, as spectators can seen the riders over most of the course, and this year's Burns Park series promises to be the best of recent years. As I understand, there will be a grand finale on the 4th of July to finish the series, and it promises to be a barn burner if week 1 is any indication. Thanks to Competitive Cyclist, CARVE, Dr. Feelgood, and everyone else who made this event happen. Go on down next Wednesday and race or watch. I advise spectators to bring the bug spray!