Jan 15, 2014 Announcements, News
Minuteman Road Club is saddened to announce that the Sterling Classic Road Race will not take place in 2014.
On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, the Sterling Board of Selectmen voted to not permit the race for it’s 20th year.
Unfortunately, a truly classic race and a staple of the Massachusetts road race season will not have a chance to celebrate it’s 20th year. Over the last few years, a vocal minority of residents and on the Board was able to sway opinions against holding a race in Sterling, regardless of the quality of the organization or how much revenue it generated for the town.
As a club, we remain committed to fostering and promoting bike racing and will look into potential alternatives. Hosting a race in 2014 is a long shot, but we are actively looking for new partners to host our race. We will also need the support of the cycling community to make anything happen. We look forward to your support!
Minuteman Road Club.
Nov 27, 2013 News
Members of the Minuteman Road Club donate $500 to the Sterling, Ma Recreation Department. L to R: Doug Kennedy (Treasurer), Chris Pare, Bill Turner (Race Director), Judy Janda (Sterling Recreation Director), Mark Bernard (Membership Director)
In recognition of and gratitude for the ongoing hosting of the Sterling Classic Road Race in the town of Sterling Road Club made a donation of $500 to the Recreation Department on the morning of November 27, 2013.
On hand were club Treasurer, Doug Kennedy, past President Chris Pare, Race Director Bill Turner and Membership Director Mark Bernard. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Recreation Department was Sterling Recreation Director Judy Janda.
The contribution will distributed to offset expenses for free Community events that the Sterling Recreation Department sponsors. This includes the Summer Concert Series, Holiday Tree Lighting, and Easter Egg Hunt.
The Sterling Classic Road Race, which will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary in 2014, features both amateur and professional cyclists competing on an 8 mile loop with an exciting but grueling uphill finish on Meetinghouse Hill Road.
Nov 27, 2013 Cyclocross, Race Reports
Nolan’s race report:
Waking up the morning of the race at 5:15 may not be the best way to win a bike race but apparently it did not make a difference Sunday. Getting there and seeking that it was 43 degrees was also not very fun to see but this is cyclocross isn’t it? After I got pinned up and signed in I went out for my first recon lap before my race. About halfway through my pre-ride I knew that this course would suit me having no run up and a very punchy “climb” and some nice fast turns.
When I got to the startline I lined up next to the same people that I raced on Day 1, so my hope was that their starts would be just as good today.
The whistle blows and we are off, I gun it from the start and after the first two corners we had established a lead group of four. They keep on the gas for about 1/3 of a lap and I notice that the group does not want to do any work so coming by the pit the first lap I really open it up and decide to take my chances off the front…
This came at the perfect time because next up on the course was the steep “hill” – really more of a steep bank but going up it first was a good idea because the guy in third seem to botch the only possible line that you could take slowing up the entire field.
For the rest of the lap it was pure pain for 4 minutes trying to establish a sizable gap. By the time I got to the finish straight I had staked out a 20 second gap and was still feeling strong so I just kept hitting as hard as I could for the next lap.
When I hit the barriers on the second lap I still was feeling good but by the middle of the third lap I could feel my power starting to fade especially in the straights.
One thing that did start to pick up were the amount of heckles that you will get coming down the tent row and when you go through the more populated areas, “Sandbagger!” and “Cat up!” really tend to get annoying when you have never even won a race or had more than 3 total upgrade points.
Okay so enough of that, let’s get in to the last lap.
By this time I am using all if the will that I can muster just to be able to hold the gap that I had built up. What really helped that last lap was my dad and Dave Warner (Green Line Velo/ZipCar) both yelling splits to me as I was going on my last lap to keep me going because the laughing dog rider and josh Araujo of Geekhouse were in hot pursuit.
By the last few corners I was in disbelief that I had pulled off a win in a race this big! I was only predicted 18th! As I come into the finishing straight I nearly made a horrible mistake by almost taking both of my hands off of the bars as I crossed the line but then I remembered that that might not be the best idea.
It really felt great to be able to finally get a win at a race of that caliber also a plus is that I can upgrade and that means that I don’t have to wake up at 5 am to go to a race! I really don’t think that I could have done it without all of the group rides and the cross practice series for keeping me motivated to finish my first cross season. On to Sterling!
Oct 3, 2013 Announcements, Cyclocross
UPDATE: In error, we had no specific place for Cat 5 Jr’s to race. This has been corrected and they can now register for the 8:30 slot and race with the Junior Cat 4′s!
The Minuteman Road Club’s annual cyclocross race, now in it’s fourth year at the Bolton Fair in Lancaster, is right around the corner on Sunday, October 13!
Big news: we’ve DOUBLED the payouts over last year’s race, 1st in the Elites now gets $200! EQUAL PAYOUTS Men vs. Women, as it should be! Winner of the Men Juniors 1/2/3 and winner of the Women’s Juniors 1/2/3/4 gets $100. More about payouts and other details of the race in our race flyer.
You’ll be competing on grass, pavement, an EXPANDED tractor pull area (with BIG ess turns!) and wood chips. Depending on the weather, it could be as dry and dusty as Gloucester was… but with just a hint of moisture it muds up very nicely! This is NOT simply the Midnight Ride run in the opposite direction: our race designer, Chris Pare, is putting together a course that will be unique and challenging.
If the end of the Holy Week of Cyclocross has left you asking yourself, “What now? When will I see my NECX friends again?” MRC CX is the only answer! Registration closes Friday October 11 at Noon! (handy BikeReg link)
Aug 26, 2013 Announcements, Cyclocross, Training
No categories, no prizes. Just pure cross on a challenging 1.5 km mostly grass course with barriers and some elevation. Mud is possible. Lots of turns to allow you to hone your skills before the real racing begins. This year’s course will NOT have as much lung-busting climbing as before, and will be bi-directional so we can mix it up a bit.
Starting this Wednesday 8/28/2013 and for the following three, September 4, 11 and 18.
More info on our flyer here.
Aug 9, 2013 News, Race Reports
The Minuteman Road Club’s president, Chris Pare, demonstrated a different set of leadership skills by winning the Men’s 3/4 race at the Witches Cup this past Wednesday, August 6th in Salem, MA.
The first part of the race was largely uneventful with typical surges followed by unexplained slowing. But things started to coalesce and, with 7 laps to go, a small break was up the road and need to be dealt with. At 4 laps to go, MRC’s Jeremy Cratty steps up and started chasing down the break.
Aug 6, 2013 criterium, Race Reports
On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire, the Minuteman Road Club’s Stefan Wawersik lined up with junior members Nolan Garon, Patrick Bauer-Blank, and 40 other racers. After waiting out a very fast start, Wawersik used cagey race tactics to wait until the last lap to punch through a peloton that repeatedly sat up at the top of the course. He then tore his way through the following chicanes to achieve the number two spot on the podium in the Mens Cat 4 race.
Way to go Stefan!
Read Stefan’s full race report in our forum.
Aug 2, 2013 Mountain Biking, Race Reports
After competing in his first mountain bike race somewhere around 1988 when he was 27, MRC’s Russ Campbell waited a little while before entering another MTB race: 25 years. He must have learned a thing or two along the way because he won two races in a row in July.
The inaugural Gnar Weasels Cometh, on a rocky, muggy and buggy Saturday racecourse in Foxboro, was the scene of Campbell’s first win. Competing in the 50+ Novice field with four others, his margin of victory was pretty decisive: the gap to 2nd place was 11 minutes! (read his race report for Gnar Weasels)
Left: Russ in his first MTB race ever c.1988 Right: Competing in his second one 25 years later.
Two weeks later, again competing in a newly offered MTB race, the Barn Burner at Adams Farm in Walpole, MA, Russ lined up against 13 other 50+ Cat 3 racers. After two circuits of the 5 mile loop that featured a lot of turny single-track and some challenging rock gardens, Campbell came out on top once again. (read his race report for the Barn Burner)
Campbell atop the podium at Gnar Weasels Shredeth (left) and Barn Burner (right).
Jul 25, 2013 Endurance, Race Reports
Imagine riding the number of miles a slightly above average New England club rider logs in a week ALL IN ONE DAY! How about getting weeks of climbing done in a day (12 cat 4 climbs and three cat 3′s)? On mostly dirt roads? A good deal of which you do through the night?
Chris Pearson and Gary Sclar rolling through Vermont.
Well, that’s just what MRC members Chris Pearson and Gary Sclar did when they completed the 2013 Green Mountain Double Century on June 16th. Starting out at 4 a.m. a little northwest of Greenfield, VT and then heading on a counterclockwise loop that reaches northward nearly all the way to Rutland before it turns south and passes through the Green Mountain National Forest, the route boasted amazing scenery combined with road surfaces that ranged from smooth pavement to completely washed out “roads” that at times looked more like riverbed.
On a ride this long, the plan was not, “where can I burn a match?” but “don’t burn ANY matches,” – even though the conditions demanded some extreme efforts. One climb they faced hit rose up from 15-18% at spots. As it turns out, a handful of wrong turns along the way were all that stood between Gary and Chris beating the time they turned in last year.
Big climbs just ahead!
The GMDC is a “self-supported” ride, which means you need your own road crew to pace along with you in a car, carrying spare tires/tubes/bikes, extra food and water. This role was fulfilled by Gary’s wife Danya and Chris’ fiancée, Amy.
80% of the route was described as “dirt roads” which varied from the hard pack “almost pavement” you see in the photo above to the rock strewn mud and dirt (below left) or the absolute washout on Old CCC Road (below right).
You call that a “road”??
After riding all night long with only the oval of pavement illuminated by their lights to guide them, they rolled back into Greenfield having logged 210 miles andover 20,ooo feet of climbing. Major kudos to you both!
You can read each of their ride reports in full in the MRC forum.
Here’s Chris’ Picasa gallery with many more photos.