Conor White was back in action competing in the Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa.
Snake Alley took a physical toll on every rider during the Men's Elite Pro 1-2 Division race, with White finishing 3rd.
Andrew Dillman made sure it didn't also drain him mentally.
When Dillman's Texas Roadhouse teammate, Cade Bickmore, made a late move in the 15-lap race, Dillman knew it was his race to lose.
Dillman covered his teammate's move with two laps to go, surging to the lead-up Snake Alley, then building enough of a cushion to hold off Bickmore and White for the victory.
White, like Dillman and Bickmore, knew it would come down to who made the right move at the right time. Snake Alley did the rest, creating plenty of separation between packs of riders.
“Once we got up there in the lead pack and we had some separation, it wasn’t crazy hard until around Snake Alley," White said. "No one wanted to attack on the flats because you wanted to save yourself for the climb. It was hard throughout the whole race, but the hard part every lap was getting up and over the climb and onto your wheel. It was a tough race.”