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I've been looking forward to Track States all year. Last year I was left with a bad taste in my mouth after posting a mediocre flying 200m time and not even being able to help my teammate Mark in the omnium. This year I was in much better shape as well as having all the events on one day instead of two.
3 team members Chris Schwenker, Karl Nelson and Mike Innusa competed in the Kreb Friday Night TTT 7/22...outside temp high 90's with road temp >100F. Most of the local competition was there with some heavy guns participating. The team started strongly trading fast pulls and rotating smoothly. Chris kept Karl and Mike fresh for 4 laps giving it hell, then dropped off a bit...but it was enough to launch us for the win!
Stage 1: TT
The first stage was a rolling 4.6 single lane road with a sharp, 1k little ring climb to the finish. I knew from last year the top times would be under 15 minutes and 15:30 should be good for top 10. I rolled out and tried to pace myself well over the rollers before giving it my all on the final climb. A time of 15:39, good for 16th place, one place out of GC points. Carol Lynn finished fouth in the cat 4 women and Tori got 12th.
Stage 2: Crit (Circuit Race)
I was in Colorado this year for the race, but fellow GAB Karl Nelson participated in my absence. The three stage race consists of an uphill TT and Crit/Circuit race Saturday, followed Sunday by a road race.
Karl finished 17th in the TT, just outside the points. He did manage to beat my time from last year by about a minute. Great job! Later that afternoon he showed off his sprinting prowess by winning the Criterium. He was neatly placed near the top of the GC standings at the end of the day.
Last Memorial Day Karl traveled to Somerville to take part in one of the longest running races in the country: http://www.tourofsomerville.org/news.html . He traveled alone and found some success in placing 3rd. Upon his return everyone congratulated him. I remember him showing a bit of frustration, "If I only had a teamate, maybe...." he said. With this in mind we set out to support him as best we could this year.
Saturday May 7th 3 GAB's George, Karl and Percy traveled to Lancaster, PA for the Turkey Hill Classics, starting in the CAT 3/4 field. A notch too my for myself not yet a CAT 3 rider -- getting the best out of it as a training race/ride, unlucky day for Karl with a flat with one lap to go just George finished the race. However, was great day and excellent race, fun either way!
Review of Lap 1 -- watch in HD on YouTube!:
Read my full race report here:
Moving in at the Beattie Inn near Salem, NY Saturday afternoon. Team dinner with a few additional guest riders and again C. Grady and buddy... a lot of small talk.
Big thanks to Mrs. Schwenker for all the outstanding dinner preparations!
No podium, but still two places in top twenty: 12th for Mike -- congratulations!! -- and 17th for Percy.
Read my full race report here:
5 East End riders including one GAB on the West/Pacific Coast riding 340 miles and climbing 39'000 foot of the Santa Monika Mountains in five days within a one week Climbing Camp by Cycling Escapes. The rides were featuring breathtaking Canyon Roads as climbs and descents including climbs of the tour of California! Not skipping climbs and descents on Decker, Tuna Cyn, Las Flores and many more.
The group with about 18 riders from Alaska, Connecticut, New York/LI, Colorado and a few other origins mostly started together and split up in a few sub groups quickly at the climbs. Abilities ranged from CAT-1 racers to CAT-4's and more 'casual' riders. And our Pro Racer guide Eric from Team Exergy.
Click "read more" and find photos and video on my blog about Day 1..5:
I intended on doing the Plainville races, but due to a Bikereg snafu I was not registered. Wanting to get back early, and not wanting to do all that driving by myself, I settled on doing the Branchbrook races in Newark. It was my first time there. I registered for the Master 35+ and P123 races. Jeff Cline from Axis went on the first lap. He soloed away from the field for several laps before a second group developed and bridged to him. I missed the break. I was staying up front and just slipped back for a little rest when they went. Oh well.
The 2011 GAB Season Kick Off Meeting, held January 30th, was successful in uniting the team behind our mission statement and outlining training and racing plans. Perhaps most exciting, however, was the announcement of the Green Arm Bandits Cycling Team Sponsors/Partners for 2011. The GAB's are proud to announce the renewal of Mike's Tires Inc. as a second year top tier sponsor. New top tier sponsors for 2011 include the Law Firm of Keahon, Fleischer, Duncan, and Ferrante. Other renewing sponsors include: Complete Rehab & Sport, The Kreb Cycle, Mt.