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Under Pressure: Queen Stage at Baker City Cycling Classic

Published by HPCCycling on 10 Jul 2014

Baker City Cycling Classic Stage 4: Anthony Lakes Road Race

by Joel Fletcher. Photo courtesy Base Camp Baker.

HCH-RPM Start List:
Josh Liberles
Tym Lang
Joel Fletcher
Galen Mittermann
Jonathan McCoy
Nathan Coffey
Trevor Spahr
 
Missed our previous updates? Go back and ead about the Stage 1 RR, and the double day with the TT and crit.
 
Entering the queen stage of the Baker City Cycling Classic, Trevor was only 1:13 down on GC, sitting in ninth place overall. This was a long 85-mile stage that finished on a 14-mile climb up to the Anthony Lakes Ski Resort.
 
The stage started in heavy head and crosswinds that tore the field apart over the first 20 miles. This allowed a break to get away that included Galen, Tim Reinhart (Rapha/River City), 2 Audi riders, and 2 Mercedes p/b George's Cycles riders. Trevor was kept safe through the crosswinds by Joel and Josh as the peloton headed up the backside of the Catherine Creek climb from stage 1. Danger man Carson Miller (Jamis/Hagens Berman) put in a few attacks that the pack covered, and nothing was able to get away.
 
In the run up to the climb, the Musette team took control of the peloton, having missed the break. As the pace increased with 10 miles to the base of the climb, Trevor flatted. Still having two riders around him, Joel was able to give Trevor his rear wheel, while Josh waited, then did his best to pace him back to the peloton. Unfortunately, although the peloton remained in sight, it also stayed just out of reach. Josh finished the climb a few minutes ahead of Trevor and Joel -- who had chased back after waiting for a wheel and reconnected with Trevor.
 
Galen gets the "ride of the day award," finishing 18th on the day after spending 70+ miles in the breakaway.
 
Stage winner, Jeremy Ward (Mercedes p/b George's Cycles) was nine seconds ahead of overall GC winner Carson Miller who solidified his overall win on the last stage.
 
While we though we had good cards to play, the team was dealt a devestating blow with Trevor's flat just before the final day's decisive climb. It wasn't an ideal finish, but everyone left Baker City wanting more and determined to return for more punishment and glory in future editions.
 

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