Santa Cruz , CA (April 15, 2007) Jesse Anthony of the Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling Team, presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. capped a major weekend of racing by winning the Santa Cruz Criterium – the team’s third win of the weekend.
The seven rider Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling Team dominated the event from start to finish. Having lapped the field, Jesse Anthony and teammate Mark Walters tucked in as teammates Jamiel Danesh, Skyler Bishop, Mike Dietrich, Dan Timmerman and Pete Lopinto set a pace at the front that destroyed the rest of the field.
Race announcers screamed into the public address system, “Kodak Gallery – Sierra Nevada has a train running that is blowing the field apart!!!” Drivers of that train dropped off in perfect synchronization to set up Anthony and Walters heading in to the final, uphill finishing straight.
Anthony described in detail the final lap of the race in an interview onboard his evening flight back to Boulder, Colorado. “I was telling the guys in the radio to keep pulling…to keep their legs burning. They rode great and coming onto the finishing straight I was in the lead with Mark [Walters] right on my wheel. I pinned it at the bottom of the hill and when I looked back, Mark and I had opened a gap on the field. We kept it wide open until the line and I went across for win! Our team worked really well today!”
In the effort, Mark Walters captured his second 2nd place finish of the weekend, having narrowly lost the SRAM Sea Otter Classic Road Race on Friday.
When asked to re-cap the racing weekend, team communications director, Rob O’Dea stated, “with decisive victories on both coasts this weekend, our team showed incredible depth. I was most impressed with the resilience our team showed after a disappointing performance in the SRAM Sea Otter Circuit Race on Saturday. Its one thing to come back from a rough day on the bike and ride strong…it’s another thing to come out swinging on both coasts and dominate races. Our guys have great character and determination and our performance this weekend was a glimpse of great results to come.”