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Sunny, 87 degrees at 10:00 A.M, no wind and rolling New England roads - Brilliant!
Mike, Rob, Chris and Owen were the GAB's in this field.
Congratulations to Chris for his first race in the points with a cash pay out.
He battled hard to stay up front for all four of the 10 mile laps and took seventh place. He was on the second wheel of a rider that faded bad in the home stretch and blocked him in or he would have been vying for the win.
Housatonic Hills Road Rrace on Fathers Day.
Karl, Tori and Percy went for the early morning road trip up to Southberry, CT. Looking for a great day of racing with good climbing. For me it was the 1st time in a 3/4 race as CAT 4 was already full. Not much expectations, a few ambitions, but, well, they got taken after the field splintered apart on the 1st KOM. Just watch below...
For our fans: Here it is, my helmet camera video (click read more):
For whatever reason, Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with a big weekend of criteriums. In Iowa, its the Quad Cities. In NYC, its the Tour of Somerville. The Bound Brook Crit is day 3, Sunday, in central New Jersey. A pretty straight forward flat six corner race, just my type!
I sat in the first few laps, watching attacks and waiting for a good one. On lap 5, a move of 3 was dangling, so I made the jump across. I was with them by the back straight and pulled hard for half a lap. We had a decent gap and I felt surprisingly good, but no one was pulling through.
Holiday Harbor Hills ride on Memorial Day by Kevin / SBRA. A nice mixed group gathered next to the Getty near the SUNY rail road station. Also few of the GABs and other East End riders and a good number of local cyclists showed up. Big thanks to Kevin & Trevor for confident leading of the complicated route with an almost endless number of turns!
Well, let's go for a bumpy hilly fast flying ride -- click read more and "click in tight" to watch the video from a GAB riders (Percy's) perspective!
Was a great day for a ride. I was the solo GAB for the CAT 3 race as Karl and Craig both had family commitments. Fast start, lots of attacks. I have been feeling good recently and intended to get in the break if it developed. With that in mind I chased alot of breaks that had some firepower. Danny from Axis, Jimmy from Babylon, Dennis & Larry from HP. None seemed to have a chance.
Cedar Creek Criterium Saturday 2010-05-22. Rob, Kris, Chris and myself ventured again to the little nice Cedar Creek park in Wantagh. The Cat 4 started at 10am and we had a pretty good time, taking control for a major part of the race -- may be I spend a bit to much time out front there, but still I felt pretty good all the time. Also we some how missed the early break away in the first lap? -- if I get this right reviewing my video, please correct me if I am wrong. I remember beyond us GABs mostly a few Hudson riders, a solo Setana, few from Kissena, one Orbitel(in bright fire colors) and a rider in Black (sorry, did not remember your name, below on the video preview image) and one more on black/pink doing the work. Just at the end I got a bit stuck and blocked off to move more up in time -- too late, well, that's how it goes -- enjoy some pictures (click the icon on left) and the life race video edit from my perspective (click read more).
May 16th brought upon the unofficial start of the competitive amateur cycling season. With a change in the course due to winter weather related damage to the road leading to Lake Tiorati, the traditional major climb, the field sizes were reduced. This allowed only Kris S., Owen O. and Chris S. the ability to enter the field before it was full with 100 Cat 4 riders. With many regional cyclists training to peak for this event, it stacked up to be very competitive. And with the course change to include the 2 mile average 10% grade of the Lake Welch climb, it guaranteed to be epic.
Great event. I am glad to have gone. The first stage was a 4.1 mile TT to the top of Lookout Mt. It started with a flat section, tthen a gradual up for 2 miles, a fast 3/4 mile section, gradually up for a little more then a serious kick up for the last 3/4 to 1 mile. There was one speed merchant did it in 13.48. I was his 30 second man so he passed me pretty early. I thought I was sucking pretty bad. Then I caught my 30 second man, then my minute man, and almost my 1:30 guy. I did reasonable 22nd overall 2.5 minutes slower than the winner.
Sundays the usual Early Birds ride is starting out from Manorville at 7:30 for about 55 miles riding East -- either North or South Fork of LI, alternating every 2nd Sunday. Also read Tom's story.. Today at about 6:35 Percy left his house to ride to Manorville, the EBs start. What a timing -- just hitting 25A out of Rocky Point Mike was just riding the same way... now two GABs on their way. Tom, one more Bandit rolled to the start. A good group of about 21 riders gathered and started out South today. Nice pace. Good work. One flat stop at Dune Road... else just flying along.
A few of the others GABs got a starting spot at the Bear Mountain race. Curious how that went today.
The CAT 4 started 10:30 to cold temps and high winds with gusts >40mph. For the first four laps speeds were quite high, which forced an early six rider break away. With GAB rider Rob in the break, and all major teams represented, the remaining GAB's (Owen, Chris, and Percy) were content controlling the group and covering bridge attempts. At about lap five out of 25 they seamed to give up and the pace settled a bit down. With 2 laps to go, the break lapped the field, placing all riders on the bell lap. Rob placed 6th after a strong effort in the break, and Owen, Percy and Chris rolled in with consecutive placings all in the top 15. Mike suffered a mechanical and was forced to abandon the race.
Cat 3 racers Craig, Karl, and new member George participated in P1,2,3 and Master's class races as well. Details to follow.