Cylance Pro Cycling set a standard of teamwork and victory at the Dana Point Grand Prix with an impressive 1,2,3 podium sweep. In its 11th year, the Dana Point Grand Prix was the 5th stop on the Pro Road Tour, and the men of Cylance Pro Cycling were ready to put on a show.
Dana Point Grand Prix is an important race for the team not only because of its spot on the calendar, but also because of the history the team has with the race. Cylance Pro Cycling brought experience and motivation to the race as Karl Menzies (AUS) won the race in 2015 and Justin Williams (AUS) narrowly missed the win in 2012 and again in 2013. Director Sportif, Hilton Clarke (AUS) finished just shy of the podium in 2012 in 4th place. Cylance Pro Cycling saw victory as the only outcome for the race.
Cylance Pro Cycling took control of the race early to monitor any dangerous moves and attacks. As the race gained speed and momentum with 8 laps to go, the team assimilated on the front to begin the leadout at 5 laps remaining. Hunter Grove (USA), Orlando Garibay (MEX) and Andres Diaz (COL) were pivotal in the final laps to bring back the late attacks and keep the speed high into the final corners. Menzies used his experience and legendary power to take the team first into the final corner. The sheer magnitude of his final effort, allowed Scott Law (AUS) to complete the leadout for victory as Williams crossed the line first, followed by his two teammates.
“The race had a tailwind home straight so it made it for a very fast race, which nullified all of the breakaways and played into our hands since we were hoping for a bunch sprint.” explains Hilton Clarke. “Looking back at Tour of the Gila, we did a perfect leadout in the criterium stage but we didn’t end up with a result there, but none of the guys had their heads down because we all knew we had our leadout dialed. Coming into Dana Point we had our two sprinters join us and we put that same leadout to work coming away with sweeping the podium so we’re really happy!”
The team raced on Cannondale SuperSix Evo HiMod Disc with 80mm Vision wheels. This setup allowed for fast cornering and the ability to take advantage of the wind. Using the team’s strength in the athletes and equipment, Cylance Pro Cycling is relishing the convincing win and looking forward to the next Pro Road Tour race, the Redlands Bicycle Classic.