March 22 & 23, 2014 was the OTF Omnium. The Off The Front (OTF) Omnium is a 3 event / 2 day bicycle race held in the Fresno & Hanford areas. Each race offers a different discipline of cycling, including Time Trialing, Flat Power, and small hill climbs. There are 3 races, Ventana Hills TT and the Granville Homes Circuit Race on Day 1 and the long time running Hanford Criterium on Day 2. I worked on the Circuit Race as "eyes on course" for the USA Cycling Marshals, following the racers around the 1.9 mile route. With the exception of one rider who crashed as the result of a wheel touch, there were virtually no mechanical problems.
The Circuit course was held in the Ventana Hills subdivision, west of the Millerton and Auberry Road intersection, in the foothills of east of Clovis, Ca. The course wasn't closed, but because there are only 4 or 5 homes built in the subdivision, there was virtually no traffic. The road surface was new, smooth, and debris free. Describing the Circuit course as "fantastic" is an understatement.
|Ventana Hills Subdivision Circuit Course|
The day couldn't have been better. Temps in the mid 50°s early warmed to the low 70°s later in the day. A great day for a race.
|Tom Daugherty & his wife Babette oversee some of the Marshalling duties.|
This is the start of one of the men's races. The women started 1 minute after.
|A pre-race wave. (Steve Grusis, Race Promoter, is over Kevin's left shoulder, wearing the hat.)|
|Staging for the first heat of the day.|