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Wear a Helmet – by Team Racer/Director Bobby Bailey

Wear a Helmet – by Team Racer/Director Bobby Bailey

by 1K2GO-Onion River Sports on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 12:48am ·

Wear your helmet! We have heard it before. Mom has said, people on the list serve have harped over it and kids nowadays wear them for everything but eating dinner. I guess it is good advice. Now I am not one to self-righteously tell you that wearing your helmet is a must. I drive too fast, sometimes drive my scooter in flip flops and make my own choices in regards to personal safety but here are two things I am learning to live by.

1. Wear sunscreen 

2. Wear a helmet

The 1K2GO-Onion River Sports Cycling Team fueled by METABALL ventured to the Lake Sunapee Road Race. The course is actually pretty tame, but then again, it is bike racing. Team Racer Alberto Citarella was safe in the field after a long breakaway attempt on the first lap. Admittedly, I told Alberto to attack thinking that an early move would work but alas it did not and he came back. Alberto is new to Pro 1,2 Racing but he is very strong and was having no problems moving up and down the field. At the close of the first lap, Albert was mid pack when the unpredictable happened. Alberto was lead to the outside of the course rotary and then the field pinched in. Alberto was caught out and ended up T-boning a traffic cone. When I first heard of this I thought ouch, it would suck hit a little traffic cone and go down. IT WAS NOT a little cone. It was one of those big cones that stand about 4ft tall and are filled with god knows what. Alberto went Ass over Tea Kettle (technical term) and slid across the road at 25mph.

When the race ended I found Alberto’s bike on the roof of the team car with a note from Local Racer Chris Worden explaining that Alberto was at the hospital. This was followed up by a missed call from New London phone # and a visit by our very own Dr. Christian Verry. Not a great way to finish the day. The info I received was that Alberto hit a traffic cone and crashed. He was carted off to New London Hospital via backboard.

I finally was able to talk to Alberto who sounded like he was in good sprits. Truth be told, he was merely scraped up with a fair amount of road rash. His bones were fine and his Head was fine and thus the title of this Note.

Alberto was fine because he had on one of the finest helmets on the market. The Specialized S-Works Prevail does not feel like it would protect you on impact. It is light and airy but if you saw the impact Alberto’s helmet took you would be confident in the fact that the Prevail is engineered for safety. The helmet cracked in several places on the left side. It did not disintegrate at all, but took the energy fro Alberto’s crash and spread it out over the left side. The bottom line is that the helmet protected a good guy from a bad thing and for this Specialized, the team thanks you. I am very confident that the gear you have us on will keep us stylish, comfortable and safe. People, remember this when you purchase bike gear. Do you want cheap? Or, do you want reputable, well engineered and safe? Take a look at these pics and let me know what you decide.

 

 

PS – I would have made Alberto write this but he is busy changing bandages. Get well buddy! 

 

 https://www.facebook.com/alberto.citarella.7


Lake Sunapee RR – Wmn Pro 1,2,3 by Team Racer Amy Miner

Lake Sunapee RR – Wmn Pro 1,2,3 by Team Racer Amy Miner

by 1K2GO-Onion River Sports on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11:35pm ·

Lake Sunapee Race Report W P/1/2/3:

 

I had a goal going into the Lake Sunapee Road race for 2012…to be aggressive…and I kept to that goal. I did not let the race start out as most P/1/2/3 women’s races, meaning low speed with many attacks. I went off the front immediately after neutral, and drove a high speed continuing up the first climb hoping to drop a few racers, or to try to breakaway. I knew we had a strong field, even though it was small, but the pace I maintained only dropped a few. I continued to drive the pace for the first lap until the major climb on the back stretch when Yuri (Wheelworks) made a significant attack, and I tried to follow her wheel along with Kerrin (Farm Team Elite). Eventually we caught her, and the pace settled back down.

 

Going into the second lap I re-fueled and rehydrated. At this point Clara (NEBC) led the field, and I let her along Cycle Lodge, and I sat 3rd wheel for a majority of the second lap. My legs were shot, and I needed some recovery. The pace continued, but sitting back let me enjoy getting “pulled up” most of the rollers until the only climb on this circuit. I knew Yuri was going to make a move, so I was ready this time and along with Kerrin; we were sprinting up the hill together. At the top we realized we had broken away from the pack, so we tried to team together, but we could not maintain. Three other riders finally caught on, so we started a six person paceline. This continued a very strong group, for the final few miles, and the pack did not re-join. We continued this paceline until the circle going into the final climb. I followed Jackie (NEBC), Erin (KMS) and Yuri. I did not want to be in the lead going into the first climb before the finish. At the false flat Yuri started to sprint, and I followed going by her on the right. I knew these women were fast, so I put my head down, got out of the saddle, and put everything into this final sprint. I just beat out – by a photo finish – an amazing up & coming bike racer Erin Donohue from KMS

 


New Kit Motivation…Weekend of Racing 6/9 -6/10

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

http://www.fastalracing.com/WWRRResults12.pdf

 

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+

http://www.fastalracing.com/SLDCResults12.pdf

 

GMC Series, National Life Crit, Sunday 6/10

Bobby 1st Mens A

Cooper Willsey 1st Mens B

Matthew Owens 2nd Mens B

http://www.spartasynergy.com/page4.html

 

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! 


Quick BB Tech

 

One thing I hate is when a bike squeeks. Some people just could care less but if I can detect even the smallest unwanted sound from my bike, I am going after it. People, it is just plain smart to take care of your bike. I have covered this in the past with posts on cleaning a bike but the short of it is this.

if you get up close and personal with your bike while cleaning it or repairing it, you might find something that will either cost you a win or some teeth in the future.

 

So I set out to rid my bike of its noisy bottom bracket. Ok, it was not that bad but we have been riding in the rain alot so I wanted to make sure my BB was good to go. The 1K2GO-Onion River Sports Cycling Team is lucky to be sponsored by ProGold Mfr, makers of ProGold Lube, EPX Grease and ProTowels. Here are some simple tips to follow when servicing a Bottom Bracket.

 

 

 

  • Know what kind you have. GXP? BB30, Presfit 30? The list goes on so make sure you have the right tools to do the work. 
  • Clean your bike before hand. It is so much nicer to work on a bike that has been at least wiped down. I use the ProGold ProTowels for just about everything in my garage. Worked wonders on the greasy bottom brakcet and the wall under my hose that tends to get moldy!
  • Use a Torque wrench. If you are going to do the work…do the work properly. You would hate to get to the end of this task only to over tighten a bolt to the point of failure. On a modern Carbon Bike…torque values should be heeded!

  • I use Tape on the outside of my external Chris King Bottom Bracket. This prevents the tool from scratching it up.
  • Too much Grease is better than too little here. I put grease on the frame threads, the cup threads and any exposed peice of metal. Just use a ProTowel to clean any grease exposed to dirt, sand and water. It will attract it.

Thats it. I like to rotate between headset and bottom bracket. If you stick to a schedule of maintenance, you can keep your bike like new with out a big time investment.

 

Thanks,

Bobby


Star Studded Field at WaterTower Hill Crit, 6/5/12

Great night of racing at Watertower Hill. The title of this piece is very accurate and here is why. You have a practice crit right? It is designed for training and is super low key. The start finish line is a cone and the course has 1 real turn. There is no big prize list and no one is walking away with a pro contract from it. Entry Fee is a measly $10 and the prize is that you get your entry back if you end up on the podium(which there is not one).

 

 

But this is about what this race IS and who comes out to it. What we do offer is awesome racing. The A-Race is packed with fast riders like Jake Hollenbach and Matt Buckley. My team comes out swinging and every once in a while a PRO like Adam Carr or Isaac Howecome out to play. We race intensely for 40minutes and no punches are pulled. In fact, even though strong team are represented, it is every person for them self out there. Racing is from the gun and it never slows even if it rains.

 

Beyond that, there is a B-Race. Man this thing looks fast. It is packed full of racers and I know that some of them will be making the jump to A’s. Plus, there is a C-Race, and experienced A-Racers jump in to help teach safe and fun bike racing.

 

 

Tonight, I saw something cool. We had a crowd. More family, friends and fans are coming to these races to cheer on the cyclists. Its awesome. Maybe it is the reach of social media or the trash talk that leads up to the race. But either way, the energy is building and we can continue to get better from here.

 

Mid Race Primes are handed out and they come from local sponsors. Its a small gesture that add so much to the race. If you are reading, thank the likes of Specialized, Pro Gold Lube, Metaball, Blindato Group, Vermont Nut Free Chocolate and others for helping out. It makes our race great and provides exposure for them…its a win win! 

 

 

So Vermont, keep up the good work and keep striving to put VT at the forefront of the cycling map. Keep supporting each other, our local cycling business and every rider you see. There just might be a kid in a car or a sideline of a race that thinks you are the coolest thing in the world. And because you are a cyclist…you are.

 

Could the future of our sport be right here at Watertower Hill???


Race Report, Heather Voisin, KSR 2012

My goals for KSR were to get back in the game, finish safely, stay with the main group as long as possible, ease doubts about belonging in the 1/2 field and just ride hard and pick up as much race fitness as possible. All in all, I think I can say that those were all accomplished!

 

 

Stage 1, Circuit Race – I hung in the back for most all of the race, except going to the very front when no one else wanted to work. Finished safely at the tail end of the group, securing “same time”. Of note was that I got a flat just after the first loop. Unfortunately, another women had also just flatted 1k earlier, so the wheel van was a little delayed in helping me out. I chased hard and managed to catch the group about 8 miles later, just about 5k to the QOM. Fortunately the only accelerations from the group were pretty modest and I managed to hang on while trying to recover. Amy took 3rd and was tied for sprint points.

 

Stage 2, Time Trial – Felt pretty solid, minus the last 3k, but still very pleased to have a time right in the mix, even without all the aero bells and whistles.

 

Stage 3, Road Race – Did not expect there to actually be an attack ~2k into the race and have that first hill up to 107 be an all-out affair. (Silly me, there was a sign that said “start racing”, just didn’t realize someone actually would…) Hung in there and then things cooled off a bit. We rolled along and then I went to the front and opted to lead the entire field for ~10 miles on Route 107, leading up to Amy’s sprint. Okay, I was also really nervous about the bad pavement and wanting to see the road in front of me. Still, I definitely made a point to ramp up my pace 1k before the sprint and was going hard enough that at 500m people were just starting to come around me. Maybe they didn’t know where the sprint actually was? Anyway, Amy took it, securing the green jersey for her. I had very little time to recover and then got dropped pretty quickly on the first big climb up North Road. I did manage to catch back on to the group about 10 miles later. I knew I’d done most of the chase work when one of the other two women with me said, as we were just making contact again, “Thank you so much.” Um, you’re welcome? Dropped again on the small dirt road climb, chased back again in a mile or so, and then just made it a point to stay with the group to the base of the last climb, at which point I was DONE. A total death march to the finish, but still happy knowing that I had ridden hard…

 

Heather


KSR, Womens Race Stage 1 – Amy Miner

I went into the women’s pro 1/2 field at KSR with some hesitant due to poor performance at the past two races including Bennington SR and Sterling road race from mechanical and dehydration issues, respectfully. I received some very persuasive encouragement from a friend reminding me of how well I have performed in the past at the 1st stage of KSR, the circuit race, which I consider one of the best courses suited to my riding abilities as a sprinter, and gradual climbs requiring a lot of power. Therefore, I went into the race on a mission for redemption and the green jersey.

 

The women’s P 1/2 circuit race was very typical of most; many surges and attacks and then slowing back down significantly, and then the pack  regrouped. This was a big difference from last year, which consisted of various attacks, but then maintaining a very aggressive speed. Therefore, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen at the circuit race, especially after the QOM, so I knew I had to stay in the front of the pack for the entire race in order to not let a break get away. A break never formed, and I spent a deal of energy closing a few gaps.

 

Following the first QOM there was an attack driven by Silke down the descent and into the right hand turn. Heather managed to gain control of the field and led the group at a reasonable pace looking to make sure no one was making any moves going into the last few miles before the first sprint. I held a great position, about 4 bike lengths back, but what I neglected to look for was where Silke (Kenda) was. I did not know how well she can sprint! About 1K 2 GO the pace picked up, and Heather fell back. I was now in 3rd position, and just after 500 meters, I made my move. This turned out to be too early, but I was simply not patient enough, Silke came around me just at the finish line, and so I took 2nd in the first immediate sprint.

 

Following the first sprint, I managed to catch my breath for a minute before there was a counter attack. This was quickly reeled back in again. The second lap had many more attacks, and the pace was a bit higher, but still manageable. After the 2nd QOM the feed slowed many riders down, so this gave me a chance to make my way to the front of the pack for the descent. On the back stretch, the pace was again reasonable, and I maintained the same position going into the 2nd intermediate sprint. At 500 meters to go, I realized I was blocked. A rider on either side of me at two riders in front. This turned out to be beneficial, since I did little work being pulled into 300-400 meters. The two riders in front peeled off and I had a perfect lead out for the final 300 meters, with Silke sprinting neck and neck with me. She just beat me out.

 

KSR Stage 1 Sprint

 

KSR Stage 1 Sprint

 

The final (3rd) lap there was not any notable attacks until approximately the final 10K to go, when Sheila (Sunapee) made an attempt to break away while Heather was trying to lead and control the field again. At first no one responded, but eventually she was pulled back in. Around 2-3 K to go things got out of control in the field, with the pace intensifying, and everyone jocking for position. I started getting really anxious and worried about my position about 6-8 bike lengths back; not where I like to be. I could not get around without infringing the yellow line rule, so I was patient until 500 meters, when I made my move. I passed 2 riders and then noticed 2 other riders jump for the finish. I followed suit, but was just a little too late. I sprinted for a 3rd place finish the hardest I think I have ever gone for it before,  with the green jersey in mind.

 

At the award ceremony, I discovered that the race winner had taken a few points in an intermediate sprint as well, which resulted us in a tie for the sprinter’s jersey (since a race win is automatically 12 points vs 3rd place 6 points, its hard to win the green without winning overall). Total for each of us 14 points. Since she was ahead of me GC, she took both the green and the leader’s jersey.

 

Special thanks go out to Metaball for fueling me today, and Jenn O’Connor for post massage!

 

KSR Stage 1 Podium

 

Amy


Killington Stage Race, Stage 1 – Circuit Race

There is nothing like stage racing. All the anticipation and nerves come together and cause you to react in a way just a bit more intensely than when compared to day-racing. KSR is no different even if many of get to race from the comforts of our own homes. Even with only a 1.5hr drive, and no need for bedding or clothing, the preparation is pretty crazy.

 

Nutrition and Embrocation…Check!

KSR started like so many others. I spent the week preparing the body with training and the bike with some love. Stage Racing is like a sponsor showcase so it is important to show up with a clean bike. Plus, as I have said before, committing to an expensive bike race for 3 days should not ever be ruined by poor bike maintenance. So, I cleaned the bike, gathered my gear and made sure everything was in tip top shape. I spent the evening cooking healthy food options ahead of time and made sure all my race food was in order.

 

On going pic series…team car!

I hit the road early saturday morning with Specialized Bikes on the roof, Metaballs in the trunk, and butterflies in the stomach. I had a good race last year but with grades and terrain like what KSR offers, one never knows how they are gonna do. I picked up 1K2GO-Onion RIver Sports team member Ben Coleman and his lovely wife Kim. The car was packed and we took to VT’s I-89 for a quick drive to the Circuit Race.

Our first complaints as cyclists usually revolve around weather and road conditions. Traveling through Stockbridge, Bethel and Pittsfield made us all realize that those complaints are not worth a damn. Remnants of Hurricane Irene made me realize that we are lucky to even be able to race our bikes. There are destroyed homes and displaced lives all along Route 104 and so many other VT communities and it was shocking to see even almost 9months after last years hurricane. As bike racers, we need to continue what we are doing and support the communities that we travel to.

On to racing. The Pro 1 Circuit Race started as predicted. Once it went live, the attacks started flying. Each one was seemingly half hearted and admittedly, I was part of this. I wanted to get away but really did not know why. The course is hard enough and windy enough that finding solace in the pack is the best way to save energy. But, I stuck to my usual tactics and tried to make some moves happen. It was apparent that some of the bigger teams like CCB, Bike Reg and Garneau was not going to let that happen. I became content with just staying towards the front of the field.

On lap 1, Charles McCarthy got away in a group of about 10. It looked pretty solid and stayed clear for 3/4’s of a 18 mile lap. But, once the field ramped it up on the flats, things came back together. The race dynamic was odd. Even when I found myself in a break with 3 riders from Garneau, Tim Johnson, 3 from CCB, and a few from Mt. Borah, no one wanted to drive it. Based on the sketch-potential of the finishing straight, I would have preferred that a small group stay away. But once again, back to all-together.

 

Can’t say enough about these guys. Bike Race Angels.Other than a neutralizing by the officials for a crash in a different field, the race was pretty standard. We rolled along at 30 on the flats and surged on the climbs. Nothing was too hard and I knew that I had to stay up front in the sprint. I decided that I would fight to stay up front but if I got boxed in, I would hit the brakes. Not quite literally but I was not willing to die for the same time in a sprint finish. The downhill sprint is a bit sketchy as you touch speeds above 40mph coming into it. Amos Brumble had a decent point and defended the downhill sprint saying that the speeds are not much different than a Pro Tour sprint. However, I added that in a flat sprint, those speeds are only possible by sprinters and their teams. In a downhill, every body can go that speed and it seems more people stick their nose in business where they don’t belong. Sounds snooty I know but some chances are better not taken. If you can’t sprint, get out the way. I got lucky and found myself able to stay up front on the wheel of Tim Mitchell and Dylan McNicholas. Dyaln ended up winning and I was able to keep my old legs spinning for 6th.

Not a bad day. Good clean racing, good friends and a great Team Massage Therapist. Jenn O’Connor got the legs flushed out and hopefully they will be good to go for the TT today! My SHIV actually made me breakfast in bed, so I know the bike is ready! Hopefully I can pilot it in a worthy manner and move on GC today.

 

Marketing Sponsors is a full time job, one I will gladly do!

– Bobby


GMBC Practice Crit #2, Watertower Hill, 5/22/12

Finally the weather played along and we got the first of our Practice Crit races going.

First I would like thank Steve Gaydos, Mark White, Spencer Knapp, Bob Dillon, Chris Ford, Claude Raineault, Jim Strouse and Larry Coletti for their help in sweeping, setting up, registration, marshalling and officiating! Can’t do it without volunteers!

It actually was a very pleasant evening, with mid 70 temperatures and calm wind, right until around 7:45 when it got ugly pretty quickly.

We had 3 racers and 10 mentors for the C-race, which was won by junior Matt Owens in a solo breakaway and saw a hotly contested sprint for second.

I would like to thank our generous sponsors SKIRACK, ProGold Lubes,  METABALLVermont Nut Free Chocolates,  and Blindato Group which allowed us to have two prime sprints each in the B and A race, two deep.

 

Vermont Nut Free Chocolate Prime!

 

Specialized Sweatshirt Prime!

The B race had 9 starters. The field stayed together for most of the race, animated by fierce competition for the two prime sprints. It came down to the final sprint, and the uphill finish made it almost easy for the referee to get all 8 finishers in order.

The A race had 14 starters. Pretty quickly Bobby Bailey went on a solo break and stayed away for the rest of the race, eventually lapping the remnants of the field. This despite a high speed of the field which itself lapped a number of riders, what then made it challenging for our referee to keep track over the last few laps, especially since we had to watch the weather and made a decision to shorten the race. Behind Bobby we saw some nice sprint competition for the two field-only primes, and also for the finish. After all, the first three in B and A race won their entry fee back.

This first Practice Crits also counts as the first race for the new Green Mountain Criterium Series, which will run through the summer and includes events at Montpelier and Barre .

The next GMBC Practice Crit is scheduled for Tuesday June 5th. As always we are in need of volunteers, so if you could help for an hour or two, mark your calendars!

The PCrit will be followed the next day Wednesday June 6th by the first Thunder Road track race in Barre.

>>> C-Race Results (3 racers)

1.      Matthew Owens

2.      Pete Titcomb

3.      Chris Palombini

 

Time: 20 minutes

Laps: 20

Notes:  3 Racers and 10 Mentors! Solo breakaway win for the Junior.

 

 >>> B-Race Results (9 racers)

1.      Whitney Hanson

2.      Matt Salter

3.      Matthew Owens

4.      Tim Janson

5.      Jim Strouse

6.      Robert Dillon

7.      Pete Titcomb

8.      Jeff Coons

 

Time: 28 minutes

Laps: 26

Notes: 2 Primes hotly contested, nicely spread between 5 riders.

 

https://vimeo.com/42754050

 

B-Race

 

>>> A–Race Results (14 racers)

1.      Bobby Bailey

2.      Adam Germain

3.      Matt Buckley

4.      Ben Coleman

5.      Eric Tremble

 

Time: 28 minutes

Laps: 30, race shortened by threatening rain;

Notes: BB in overgeared display of power lapped the field; 2 Primes for the field left plenty to race for

 

https://vimeo.com/42711819

 

A-Race, on the line

 

A-Race Action

 

Teddy Representing


Sterling Road Race – May 12, 2012

Nothing Fancy here people, just a classic New England Road Race with all the usual characters. At least this is how I remembered it from years past. Sterling was a favorite race of mine. I recall competing in this race from 2002-2004 as a CAT 1. Sure,  I might have done it as a 3 or a 4, but most of my memories are from the 80 mile suffer-fest that I began describing above.

But now its 2012 and I am a bit older. I could have entered in the masters race but I recall either making or getting in the breakaway in every year in the past. Why would this year be any different? Oh boy…here is why.

New England Race teams are killing it! Kudos to CCB, NCC JAM Fund and Bike Reg. Back in the day, a handful of riders like Mark McCormack, Kevin Monahan, Derek Bouchard-Hall, and the usual New England suspects would make the racing hard. Now you have great depth amongst the locals and they are riding with solid tactics, with fitness and with anger. Racing has been fun! Plus, sprinkle in a little Jess Anthony, Will Dugan, and Tim Johnson action, and things get real. Massachusetts may be only a few latitudinal lines below VT, but it is like a tropical island this time of year. 80 degree weather is tough considering the doom and gloom of Vermont lately.

In the Pro 1,2 Race we went up the hill at what I would consider a pretty good pace. So what if it was neutral, it felt great. But that’s about where the tempo riding ended. Honestly, I can’t recall what lap it all went ballistic but luckily I was at the front. I might have even been driving some of the pace but I was not alone. In fact, I looked back and saw that I was there with about 25 others. It wasn’t a breakaway, but a very high powered split. I was shocked to see 3 CCB Riders, 2 Bike Reg,a few NCC Jammers,  Tim Johnson and Jesse Anthony. Missing from the move was Will Dugan but with only a minute gap, I knew it would not be long.

The racing was fast but not too crazy. I was trying to balance my desire to contribute to the pace and my intentions to save energy. I even told CCB Rider Dylan McNicholas that they should drive it harder since it was a good finish for him…but they had a better plan. We covered the first 56 miles of the race in less than 2:10. Ouch, I guess we were rolling.

Then the attacks started. It seems the minute gap that we had was not comforting enough. Tim Mitchell, Alec Donahue and Josh Lipka threw down a move that I just missed, proved to be fatal. At 2 laps to go, Timmy Johnson smashed the finish hill and rolled away. I guess that move came together some time later. I kept trying to get away but it was no -mas. I had some punch, but no staying power. My last ditch effort on the last lap went absolutely no where but, I stayed away in the winning break for 18th. I was quite pleased with the effort and after wiping copious amounts of salt off my face, felt surprisingly fresh.

There it is, a no frills race report…at least what I remember of it.

Bobby


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