Lucas and Wells sprint to victory under the lights in San Rafael
Kimberley Wells (Exergy Twenty16) and Eamon Lucas (California Giant-Specialized) won the elite contests at the San Rafael Twilight Criterium on Saturday.
The 15th edition of the race was run on a 1km, four-corner course in downtown San Rafael.
Wells took the 70-minute women’s race ahead of Ruth Winder (Vanderkitten) with Olivia Dillon (NOW-Novartis) third.
“Cycling is a team sport, and my teammate Kimberley took the win, and it means just as much as if I took the win,” defending champion Alison Tetrick told the Marin Independent Journal.
Added Wells: “Basically, we wanted either one of us to win. Ally is a very strong time-trial rider and I’m a strong sprinting rider. … It came down to a sprinting race, and I knew I had to be in position coming into that bottom corner.”
Lucas held off Justin Williams (MRI-Endurance) and Dana Williams (Mike’s Bikes-Incase) for the win in the 75-minute men’s race.
“I just tried to keep my cool, follow wheels and get the job done,” Lucas told the Independent Journal. “I tried to be as smart as I could be. There were a lot of miles, a lot of suffering, a lot of dedication, and to be able to throw my arms up at the end and scream. … Oh, man, I almost lost it on the backstretch there. I’m so happy.