The Apple Pie Criterium marked the first race of the year for me. The course holds a special place in my memories as I used to live about a mile away from the corporate center where the race takes place in Santa Rosa. I had one goal for this event; finish. It usually takes a few days of racing to get my legs up to "race speed." The high speed and non-stop surging of a criterium just can't be replicated in Truckee, on my trainer, in the garage, while watching the snow pile up past the windows.