SAN JOSE, CA - After placing 2nd in last year's Mt. Hamilton Classic road race last year, Josh wanted to improve upon the results and put in a lot of hard work to take the win this year in the Masters 35-39 category.

The 35-39 Northern California championships tend to attract small but elite fields and this year was no different. With last year's champ, Jesse Moore, absent, Jeromy Cottell (Specialized), Jan Weissenberger (ZIPZ), and others looked tough. Unfortunately Jeromy crashed a few days before the race and withdrew, leaving a more open race.

The day started off cold and rainy. Matt Adams (Mike's Bikes /InCase) set a very hard pace up the first part of the three-part climb. Jason Benford (GigaOM) took over on the second part. Josh took the lead on the third part of the climb, hoping that Weissenberger (and his sprint) would drop back but that didn't happen. While Josh grabbed the KOM, Weissenberger and Jacob Berkman (Mike's Bikes / InCase) were right behind him. Weissenberger, was looking really strong.

Weissenberger led the descent while Berkman gradually dropped back. Josh caught-up with Weissenberger at the bottom and rode through the 10 mile flat section together.
Through the feed zone Josh decided to test him and pushed the pace. Weissenberger started to sag a bit and Josh maintained the pace and continued solo.

Josh had over 40 minutes before he could get to the finish from the top of the last hill and decided to give it all he has despite a good chance that Weissenberger might recover and catch him. He put his head down and prepared for some one-on-one time with his stem. After a tremendous effort, Josh crossed the line to take the win and celebrated with the moto ref who had kept him company. Weissenberger finished second while behind him Neil Bartley (ZIPZ) was threading his way through the field to take third.