May 15, 2011 Race Reports
The Minuteman Road Club Men’s Cat 4 team, in a display of teamwork that lasted throughout the race, produced outstanding results at the Wayne Elliot Memorial Circuit Race in Merrimac, MA on May 14th, 2011. Early in the 5 lap, 32 mile race over characteristic New England roads (read that as : pot holes, frost heaves and cracks everywhere) Doug Kennedy and Len Engle softened up the field with early breakaways, supported by crafty blocking moves by Chris Pare.
On the final lap, a questionable solo break got away during a neutralization FOR AN AMBULANCE but Doug Kennedy sacrificed himself with a heroic bridging move that bought his team back into the fray. Not long after, Jeremy Cratty initiated a punishing leadout followed by Len Engle, Chris Pare and John Smith. Engle nearly goes down when a rider in front of him veered into this path. He managed to stay upright and finish 6th.
Pare has a heart-stopping moment as he nearly gets involved in Engle’s troubles and finished 4th. John Smith dodged all of this, sprinted for the line in the clear but was nipped at the last moment and got 2nd.
In the Men’s Cat 5’s, John Raguin showed why he’s moving up to the 4’s in his next race by eluding crashes that occurred around him, bridging huge gaps and accelerating to the the line in a pack sprint to finish 5th.
May 13, 2011 Race Reports
With near perfect weather and 590 entrants across 9 fields, the 17th Annual Sterling Road Race on May 7th, 2011 was a huge success. Dozens of volunteers comprised of club members, spouses and residents of Sterling gave their time to clean the course, work registration, serve as marhsals along the course and to serve as pace or follow car drivers. We thank you all!
Alec Donohue (Wheelhouse/JAM/NCC) garnered 1st in the 10 lap, 80 mile Men’s Pro 1/2 heat with Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo) 2nd and Robbie King (Boston Bicycle School) 3rd. The 48 mile Women’s Pro 1/2/3 saw Stacey Jensen (Kenda p/b Geargrinder) take top honors with Mary Zider (Juvederm/Specialized) 2nd and Amy Miner (NorEast Cycling) coming in 3rd.
11 members of the MRC team also competed with standout performances by PJ McQuade (13th Cat 3 Mens), John Smith (Cat 4 Mens) and John Raguin, who amazingly battled back from a crash to a 2nd place podium in the Mens Cat 5 35+ field.
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The Minuteman Road Club also sponsored a free bike safety check for residents of Sterling at the Chocksett school. Cyclists could come and have their bike’s tire inflation checked, brakes adjusted, have their drive train lubricated and have other minor adjustments made.
May 11, 2011 Uncategorized
On a bumpy Myles Standish State Forest Road Race course, April 3rd MRC’s John Smith snagged 4th in the Cat 4 race while team mate Chris Pare survived being pinched off road during his finishing sprint to get 7th. Anna Savage came in 7th in the Juniors 10-14 heat.
The Quabbin Reservoir Classic Road Race on April 23 brought weather reminiscent of last year’s Sterling Classic: hard rain and 40 degree temperatures. The weather didn’t keep MRC’s PJ McQuade from not only outlasting 21 racers who dropped out, but he finished 13th in the Cat 3 heat. Cat 4 standout John Smith finished 6th in a field of 65 that saw a stunning 2/3’rds of the field drop out. The Cat 5 field proved to be a hardier bunch losing only 26 of 67 starters to attrition. Nevertheless, MRC member Jeremy Cratty garnered 9th and Scott Sweeney 14th.
A windy Blue Hills Classic on May 1st saw Chris Pare turn in a strong sprint finish to get 7th in the Cat 4 field. In the Cat 5 race, John Raguin put in a very strong showing and finished 2nd, his best result to that point..