Being on a bike racing team is reminiscent of being a small child playing youth league soccer. One of the coolest feelings in the world use to be when I got issued Shin Guards and a Cool Soccer jersey. I felt like you are were a part of something special and you took to the field with pride and energy. Cycling is the same….
The “kit” is a part of our sports culture. When it is new it feels like you are gleaming in the sun. The logos represent the sponsors you are proud to promote and nothing looks more trick that neatly packed kits, making you a traveling billboard from head to toe. One of my favorite things to do is to pack my bags for races with ALL of my kit just becasue it feels special. So what if the forecast calls for 90-degree heat and sun, you never know if you need that thermal vest or long sleeve speed suit.
The 1K2GO-Onion River Sports cycling team Fueled by METABALL has been waiting for our kits. You know the saying, good things come to those who wait….and I can let you know it is true. CASTELLI came through with a beautiful bit O’ kit and it really brought our team together. Before the weekend of 6/9/12, we were just a crop of racers rocking Specialized Prevail helmets and S-Works shoes. CASTELLI made it all stick and one weekend, we became the best-looking team on the road (and Mountain)
It must have been the new kit because the team came out swinging. There was a lot of racing in New England and NY and we made it on the podium of several races. The quick and dirt of it is this:
Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race, Saturday 6/9
Bobby 2nd Place Pro 1,2,3
Heather 6th Place WMNS 1,2,3
Bob Dillon 3rd Place Menes 60+
Matthew Owen 3rd Place Boys 15-16
Saranac Lake Crit, Sunday 6/10
Joe Wells 3rd Place Mens Cat 3
Amy Miner 2nd WMNS Pro 1,2,3
Bob Dillon 2nd Place Mens 60+
GMC Series, National Life Crit, Sunday 6/10
Bobby 1st Mens A
Cooper Willsey 1st Mens B
Matthew Owens 2nd Mens B
There was a ton of participation near and far. The team proved that they are competitve locally and regionally and are willing to show their commitment to the great sponsors of this program. We were a wave of blue and plaid and our excitement came out by way of some aggressive racing. Thank you once again to all of our sponsors and committed friends and family. Without you, we would be just a bunch of bike racers. With you, we are force to be reckoned with dedicated to putting Vermont cycling on the map!
**Special Thanks to Alex Lachance for her awesome pictures!