19th Annual Sterling Classic Results Include an MRC Podium

The Sterling Classic Road Race returned for it’s 19th year on a day that early forecasts hinted at a return of the biblical weather of 2010 yet it turned out to be merely cloudy, a little damp and the perfect temperature for racing.


MRC Members PJ McQuade, Chris Pare and Doug Kennedy lead the Mens Cat 3 field up Meetinghouse to start their first lap.


Nine fields of racers made their way around the hilly 8 mile course throughout the day with marshaling and pace car support from volunteers who were not only members of the Minuteman Road Club but other clubs, residents of the Town of Sterling and Boy Scout Troop 189. Also on hand was the team of SRAM Neutral Race Support vehicles and their drivers, ready to supply racers in need of a wheel or a bike.


Landry’s Bicycles provided mechanical support at the staging area at Chockset Middle School where racers gathered to be led out to the racecourse.




Stephanie Wetzel (Team Kenda p/b RACC) stayed ahead of a well organized group from Farm Team Elite Women’s Racing in the women’s Pro 1/2/3 race.


Wetzel (Team Kenda p/b RACC) went on the win the Women’s Pro 1/2/3 heat.


In the Men’s Pro 1/2 race, Luciano Pavan (MetLife – NorEast Cycling) bested Sean McCarthy (Champion Systems p/b Stan’s NoTubes) and Anthony Clark (JAM Fund / NCC) after 80 miles of racing for top honors. This achievement also earned Pavan a place on the Nature Valley Pro Chase Team.


L > R: Clark, Pavan and McCarthy approach the line for the finish of the Mens Pro 1/2 race.



Luciano Pavan celebrates his victory with members of his family, cheering him on to the right.


The Minuteman Road Club’s own Russ Campbell gained the club’s only podium for the day by staying ahead of to two charging competitors and achieving his first ever visit to the podium in 3rd place in the Mens 35+ Cat 5 race.


Russ Campbell (center) ekes out a 3rd place finish in the Mens 35+ Cat 5 heat. (Todd Prekaski photo)

Full results of the race are viewable over at Road-Results.com, you can read MRC race reports in our forum. You can go view photos of the race by Russ Campbell, Todd Prekaski and Pete Banach.

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