To say that Peet’s Coffee Racing has many ways to win a race is an understatement. On March 19th, it was Michael Orourke’s turn to be the team’s top sprinter at the Red Kite Omnium #2 – Livermore Criterium.
First up was the Master’s 45+ & 55+ 1/2/3 race. Early on Master’s National Criterium Champion Dan Martin of Peet’s Coffee Racing went up the road to stir the pot a little. Like body blows in a prize fight, others attacked the peloton.
Finally, a five man break was established and it was a monster: Tom Lyons of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai, Michael Orourke and Kevin Metcalfe of Peet’s Coffee Racing, Andrew Adelman of CoreTechs Cycling TwT and Chris Fortuna of Morgan Stanley Cycling Team.
As it turned out the top three spots of the podium would come from the break. When they hit the final corner it was Fortuna and Orourke lining up for the final sprint with Fortuna out front. But Orourke closed and passed in the final meters for the win. Chris Fortuna 2nd, Tom Lyons 3rd, Dan Martin 4th and Jerome Nadel of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai rounding out the podium.
Next up was the Master’s 35+ 1/2/3 race. Again it was a field packed with talent including a large contingent from ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai. Like the first race, attack after attack, but this time no serious breakaway was established. The bulk of the aggression coming from the ThirstyBear boys.
As the field passed the start/finish line for the final lap, tragedy struck with a horrific crash involving several racers, including Dan Martin and Aaron Patterson of Peet’s Coffee Racing and John Funke of Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Coffees. Fortunately, John Funke’s injuries were not to serious and I am glad to hear he is well on the road to recovery. But Martin and Patterson were not so lucky.
As aid was being provided to the injured, the final sprint was under way. It came down to Michael Orourke and Jan Weissenberger of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai. Once again, Orourke powered to the win in the final meters.
This was a great day for Michael with the two wins, but it was bitter sweet. Teammates Martin and Patterson were seriously injured and will be on the shelf for a while. This was a gut punch for the entire Peet’s Coffee Racing family.
I want to extend my well wishes to Dan and Aaron. Heal well guys, I will miss seeing you in the Master’s Peloton while you recover.