|Event Name:||Capital Stage Race|
|Date:||June 15-17, 2012|
|Description:||3-day, 4-stage race in and around Olympia, Washington|
|Cat 3 Men:||Jesse Nofziger: Stage One 33rd GC ST; Stage Two 15th GC + :34; Stage 3 45th GC +5:38; Stage Four 21st Final GC +5:50 29th|
Aaron Griffith: Stage One 34th GC ST; Stage Two 28th GC + :48; Stage 3 29th GC + :48; Stage Four 13th Final GC +1:00 18th
|Cat 4/5 Men:||Tim Farrell: Stage One 19th GC ST; Stage Two 3rd GC + :17; Stage 3 16th GC + :25; Stage Four 10th Final GC + :25 3rd|
Oh, and there was some racing:
When I got to the Capitol Forest for the first road stage, I noticed that some future teammates were racing, Brad, Gabe, and Travis. I was pretty sure that I didn't have any official teammates coming but I held out hope. Turns out, as future teammates, we were all well matched and it was great to hang out with them over the entire weekend and I can't wait for more races to come where we can further collaborate. The first stage was a little harder than I thought it would be until the last half lap, then I think that everybody came to the realization that there were three more races. By that time, I had resigned myself to a pack finish and save energy for the TT early the next morning. Brad had a great sprint finish and I cruised up the side comfortably in the group as people fanned out at 200m.
The final road race stage was IVRR backwards, which is a pretty challenging course with some good climbs and good flats to splinter the group. Amazingly, after three days of racing the pace was high, but consistent which I tend to do better with than really schizo attacking. I was perfectly comfortable all day and debated creating that schizo behavior, but in the back of my head I always came back to defending the GC and not fighting for it. Brad, Gabe, and I all came in top 10 and managed to wrap up a very successful weekend in all respects.