California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider Benjamin Wolfe attacked the break in the final laps to solo to the victory at the Fidelity Investments Gran Prix of Beverly on Wednesday evening in downtown Beverly, Mass. Teammates Ansel Dickey and Brendan Rhim went 1-2 in the field sprint to claim seventh and eighth place in the 75-rider field.
Eight California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized riders will contest the Cascade Cycling Classic, July 15-20, in and around Bend, Oregon. In good form and with morale high, the Berries are going in with a focus on getting on the podium at the final stage race of the 2014 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC).
The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized roster is Stefano Barberi, Robin Eckmann, Yannick Eckmann, Colin Joyce, Tobin Ortenblad, Justin Oien, Torey Philipp, Benjamin Swedberg and Benjamin Wolfe.
Benjamin Wolfe and Tobin Ortenblad became a two-man wrecking crew, claiming the top two spots at two Northern California races this weekend. On Saturday, at the California Giant Berry Farms headquarters in Watsonville, Wolfe took first and Ortenblad second at the 37th Annual Watsonville Criterium. On Sunday, the roles were reversed with Ortenblad taking the win and Wolfe second at the Lodi Cycle Fest. In both cases, the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized riders rode in the break all day.
“It was a blast, it was a really good weekend.” Wolfe said with a laugh. Their plan for the weekend was simply to “ride our bikes really fast.”
The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team is splitting up once again this Saturday July 12 to take on two criteriums, the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho and the 37th Annual Watsonville Criterium in Watsonville, California.
Five Berries will travel to Boise, for the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium, the 12th event the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and the eighth event of the USA Crits Series. Starting at 8:15 pm, the men will race for 90-minutes under the lights on a four-corner rectangular course in Downtown Boise. Colin Joyce placed eighth at the 2013 race.