Returning to race in Southern California for the first time in nearly two months, the Pacific Premier Bank Cycling Team was anxious to show off their form at the 56th annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. With the clock winding down of the 2017 racing season, the 90 minute circuit just 1 block inland from the famed Pacific Coast Highway would provide the perfect opportunity for the boys to shine.
Racing with confidence from the gun, Pacific Premier wasted no time animated the race. Never allowing the pace to slow, the team dictated racing at the front of the peloton by attacking in pairs and limiting their competitors to defense. With 25 minutes remaining a trio of Pacific Premier Bank riders, Anthony Fitch, Chris Wyman and Mario Zamora, managed to break clear of the field with 3 others riders, each from different teams. With the majority of riders in the break belonging to Pacific Premier, the responsibility was their’s to consolidate the move and the boys wasted no time doing so.
With two laps remaining Fitch was dropped from the break after doing much of the early work to guarantee it’s success. It was now up to Wyman and Zamora to contend with their toughest opponent, KHS’s Cory Williams, who also made the break and was the odds on favorite to win the race prior to the start. In the final 1.3 mile circuit Zamora attacked Williams, recognizing that besting him in the sprint was unlikely. But Williams had anticipated the move from Zamora and was able to follow and counter attacke to grab the victory.
After a fantastic day of racing the Pacific Premier Bank Cycling Team would finish 2nd and 4th from the break as well as place another 2 riders from the field, Anthony Fitch and John Garbo, into the top 20.