Pretty awesome week for the team.
First, most the folks who got in on the helmet pro-deal picked up their helmets. Giro and Bell hooked us up good. The only helmets we’re still waiting on are the super-aero Giro Air Attacks. Once they show up, look for a bunch of guys on the team to get a little more “euro.”
Also, the team ride started in earnest this week. We usually start it earlier, but the weather this year has been bad. Very bad. We’ve got it going in full-force now, though.
Speaking of the team and riding, Rob is putting the finishing touches on his “How to Race Your Bike” discussion. If you haven’t already heard, on April 20, 2012, Rob Kelley will be putting on a talk about racing bikes. If you haven’t been racing long, if you’re wanting to start racing, or if your racing could benefit from free, excellent advice this is going to be the best opportunity to learn. More details will be posted next week
Most importantly, we started the local racing season this weekend. The annual Burnham Racing Spring Super Crit is one of those races that everybody on the team looks forward to. Not just because it’s a fun, safe, well organized race, but also because it’s at a cool venue.
The day started cold and windy. Thankfully, the race is at a car-race track and the folks that run the place give us full reign of the facilities. So, while it might have been windy and sorta-winter early on, it was toasty and windless in the Start/Finish building (pictured above).
The day’s best result came on the Women’s side. If you followed us at all last year, you know this isn’t uncommon. A deep Women’s 3/4 field stayed together… until the prime lap. Once the prize was captured, a small group of 5 or 6, including Mara, snuck away from the pack. Looking like they might get caught on the last lap, they rounded the last turn and used the stiff tail wind on the long finish stretch to stay away. Mara was closing fast on second but couldn’t make it when they hit the line. She took an impressive 3rd, and was the top Cat 4 in the race.
So, uh, Mara… you just earned the best finish for a 4 in the race, earned yourself more upgrade points, and won back enough money to cover your race entry and gas! Tell us about it:
As is always the case, we had a ton of dudes racing, too. On the men’s side, the team took the start in ever race offered, with the only possible exception being the 30+ 1/2/3/4. A good number of 5′s and 4′s contested the Cat 5, Cat 4/5, Masters 4/5 and Cat 4 races.
Mike McCoy showed why he’s not going to be a Cat 4 long. McCoy, who is in as good of shape as anybody on the team right now, planned to lead Hal out to sprinter’s glory in the Masters 4/5 race. A funny thing happened on the way to the finish line, though. As the pack thundered towards the finish, Hal lost McCoy’s wheel before it was time to turn on the jets. If you’ve ever ridden in a pack, you know these things happen. So, what’s a guy to do? What is “plan b?”
All a guy can do is push the pedals down. That’s what McCoy did. All the way to the line, and a 5th place finish. Not bad for a guy whose race was supposed end at about the 200 meter mark, right? Not bad at all!
Hal, tell the boys and girls at home what happened:
The largest field of the day was for the P/1/2/3. It was filled to capacity at 100 riders. That’s a lot of people.
A four man break got away early. ROK Coaching’s prodigy, Nicholai “The Missile” Brøchner was included. If you’ve ever seen that kid race (and, if you haven’t, you should… it’s a lot of fun) you know how it ends. By the time they rounded the last corner the break of four was down to three. The sprint started at a little before 200 meters, which was enough time for Nicholai to win by this much:
As the main pack rolled around behind the break, Bicycle Heaven shop owner and team founder, Ara Oggoian was tasked with leading out road captain Rob Kelley. As fate would have it, Rob lost Ara’s wheel in the mayhem. Sounds familiar. Now what do you do?
Plan B. Just keep pushing the pedals. And, that’s exactly what Ara did. Ara pushed the pedals to an impressive 3rd in the field sprint, and 7th overall. Great finish Ara! Tell us about it:
Another top ten finish included Scott Bowden with 9th in the 45+ 1/2/3. Way to go Scott. Not a bad day for the team at all!
Next week we head to Montrose Harbor in Chicago for another fun crit. Hopefully more podium pics to follow.
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