Photos: Manhattan Beach Grand Prix 2009 Pro Mens Race

Rahsaan Bahati Corners - (c) Ken Conley
Rahsaan Bahati Three-peats - (c) Ken Conley

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The mens' race at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix was loaded with expectation for Rahsaan Bahati. He's the winner of the two previous Manhattan Beach races and US crit national champion, and yet he had to suffer the humiliation of being relegated to the Rock Racing amateur squad in order to meet UCI regulations on age limits.

But the Rock Racing roster had plenty of turmoil this year and Bahati had his pro status returned to him once more. If that wasn't enough motivation, he had a stacked squad this year in the likes of U23 national crit champ Justin Williams, recently resigned Ivan Dominguez, Freddie Rodriguez and more.

Cal Giant did their best to stick it to Rock Racing with attacks from Patrick Briggs and James Mattis. Ouch had a strong squad with the likes of Rory Sutherland, Floyd Landis, and John Murphy, but they faded under the pressure of the Rock Racing armada.

There's little you can do in the face of so much expectation for one little race. Fast Freddie gave Bahati another leadout, this time avoiding crash, and the rest was three-peat.

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Comments (1)

glynn:

He's trimmed his hair since I watched him win the last CSC Invitational (Clarendon Cup) that I was actually able to go see.

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