This weekend, we took 4 of our 6-man crew for the first race with our newly assembled Cat 4 team. It was the City of Wylie (Texas) Winter Criterium, which was 40 minutes around a half-mile 4-turn course. We made a good presence at the front at all times, always having at least one many covering potentially dangerous breaks. With 4 laps to go, we assembled our lead-out train near the front. With 2 to go, we wicked up the pace and strung it out. Our starting lead-out man held a strong pace until we had only half a lap to go. I was the second lead-out man and promptly took over, slightly upping the pace toward the finish line. I dropped off our final two guys at the line to see that only one man in the field was able to hang on. We finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th -- not a bad way to start the season.