The Wachusett Fondo p/b Minuteman Road Club is Back!

The Wachusett Fondo p/b Minuteman Road Club is back this year (reg now!) with the addition of Tim Johnson of cyclocross fame! Tim Johnson is a 6 time Cyclocross National Champion and has a multitude of other palmares in cyclocross as well as on the road, including multiple podium finishes in the CXGP, a 1st place in the Herald Sun Tour as well as wins at our very own Sterling and Harvard road races. Join Tim and get ready for some adventure as we ride through beautiful central Mass.

 

Gran Fondo:
A challenging route with 3-4 gravel parts heading north & west thru beautiful town commons. Complete the loop with more gravel to tackle Wachusett Mountain from the less commonly taken North Road.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27111755

Medio Fondo:
A shorter loop that is all paved but with wonderful scenery and includes an optional ascent of Wachusett Mountain via the auto road.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26925964

*Routes subject to change

The ride will start and end at Wachusett Brewing Co. Kick back after the ride and enjoy some food and beverages with your friends in the outdoor beer garden or the recently opened indoor brew yard. You can reg NOW at https://www.bikereg.com/tim-johnsons-wachusett-fondo

Proceeds from the event will benefit MassBike. The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. MassBike works with lawmakers to create laws that make sense for the safety of all bike riders and works with state, city and town officials to enforce existing laws. They work through education and outreach to better the knowledge, awareness and skills of both bicyclists and drivers. A 501c3 non-profit, MassBike relies support from members, donors, and sponsors.

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MRC CONTINUES TO STEP ONTO THE PODIUM

Welcome back to Directeur’s Chair with this edition of Weekend Recap with our Directeur Sportif Tom Coleman. We catch up with Tom after a busy weekend of racing in Connecticut at the Brumble Bikes Kermesse on Saturday, April 7th and the Pete Rotella – Mystic Velo Criterium on Sunday, April 8th. Both days MRC found podium spots in a few different categories.

MRC: Hi Tom, welcome back to the Directeur’s Chair. Another weekend of races and another weekend of good results.

Tom Coleman: This weekend’s races went really well. Saturday was a hard course at the Brumble Bikes Kermesse. Sunday was the always exciting Mystic Crit back at Ninigret. We had guys all over the front of every race we were in. I was really happy to see our guys out there giving a great effort.

MRC: At the Kermesse you were in the P/1/2/3 field featuring the usual heavy hitters but with the addition of Ben Wolf to the mix.

TC: I didn’t personally have high expectations for a 80 mile race with 7k of punchy climbing lap after lap. I met up with Robbie Raymond and Rees Madsen before things set out. Luckily for us the race got cut a lap so it was only 66 miles or so. On the second lap, I went all out following Ben Wolf and Brendan Mccormack over the climbs. My legs didn’t want to keep going, but every lap, the group got a little smaller and smaller.

On about the 4 lap, I finally popped. Luckily, I was in good company because Robbie was with me. I was feeling a bit ragged and Robbie was a champ doing a ton of work in the small group that had formed. On the final climb, we caught up to former MRC standout, current CCB Foundation – Sicleri racer, Patrick Collins, and all rode to the finish together. Due to Robbie’s hard work he finished 17th overall and was the top Cat 3 racer. It was a hard day.

MRC: Sounds like Robbie will be a Cat 2 before we know it! Earlier that morning, Cat 4 racer Tucker Wetmore took the top step on what was described by Tucker as “a brutal course”.

TC: Yes, Captain Mike Westberry must be putting together one heck of a plan because that’s two weekends in a row that he’s had some great results from the squad.

MRC: Lets have a quick chat with Tucker Wetmore about last weekend’s race. Tucker, welcome to DC and congrats. Two weekends and three podiums! You must be pretty happy with those results.

Tucker Wetmore: Thanks, I’m really pleased at how this early season is going.

MRC: Last weekend, you hit the top step after getting 2nd and 3rd the previous weekend.

TW: It was a great day on a brutal course. Fortunately, the weather turned out so much better than expected. Just like last weekend, our squad worked really well together all race. There were three moments leading into the end that stand out.

On the last lap, there was a solo rider off the front with about a 45 second gap. AJ Camelio went to the front and brought him back. Then, going into the first of three climbs on the last lap, the group slowed down and riders started swarming up at the front. AJ did what I’d describe as a soft attack to string out the group, allowing me to stay about 6th wheel without needing to fight for position. Finally, Mike Westberry took up the pace, doing his best Kwiatkowski impression and kept the group single file delivering me to the second climb (when I had told him I was planning on attacking) in perfect position. It was so awesome!

MRC: Wow, that’s great. You’ve gotta love it when a plan comes together. Speaking of plan, what’s the plan for your Cat 3 upgrade? You’ve made quick work getting points for your upgrade.

TW: The upgrade points are coming a lot faster than expected, that’s for certain! It helps when you’ve got a strong team, and both weekends would have been very different without such incredible support. You can’t do it alone.

MRC: Going it alone, don’t you have a background in Triathlons?

TW: I swam in college and took up triathlon two years after graduation. I was absolutely horrendous on the bike (in my first race I held 17.5 mph on an 11 mile course)! I hate being bad at things, so the bike became my new obsession. Fast forward 5 years and I earned my pro card in tri. I’ve spent the past 5 years turning myself from a sprinter into a time trialist, so I’m hoping I can get some top end back!

MRC: Note to self, MRC has a PRO in the ranks! Thanks Tucker, and good luck on the upcoming races!

TW: Thanks, looking forward to mixing it up with the Cat 3’s soon!

MRC: Tom, back to you. Sunday, the squads were back at Ninigret for the Pete Rotella -Mystic Velo Criterium.

TC: Yup, I was able to catch end of the cat 3/4 race seeing Rees in a 3 man break with a decent gap and Robbie sitting on the front of the pack doing his best to monitor any would be attacks. In a hotly contested sprint Rees Madsen ended up getting 2nd with Robbie in 5th and junior racer Jason Tinkov finishing 7th. Again, it was amazing to see our guys working like a well oiled machine. Attacking, covering attacks, knowing what they need to do to get the job done.

MRC: Looks like Reese wants to join Robbie in potentially jumping further up the ranks to Cat 2’s right??

TC: I sure do hope so. After their race both Rees and Robbie jumped in with me in the P/1/2/3 race for a taste of a much longer race.

MRC: And how did that go??

TC: Well, about lap 2 of a 90min Ninigret race (read, “lots of head wind”) a group of the typical strong men attacked and I followed. Soon a breakaway of 8 formed with all the top teams represented, CCB, GLV, and Bucher Box. The hammer dropped again and a large gap formed looking like we could possibly lap the field. One critical mistake was made when the break let Tim Mitchell attack with Chris Goguen in tow. I hesitated and that was it they were gone. They were the ones who lapped the field and once back in the pack their teams shot them through to the point we never saw them again.

MRC: Looks like even though those two had lapped the field you managed to get second in the field sprint for 4th overall.

TC: With 5 to go, I followed John Harris and Roman Seliversotiv who attacked looking to make it a small group for 3rd. John was on the front a lot leaving Roman and I a little fresher for the final sprint. As we came to the line I was too smoked to try to beat the Ukrainian National Champion in a sprint and got 4th and Robbie 11th.

MRC: Speaking of lapping the field, the Men’s 40+ race also had one of our guys in the break where they too lapped the field.

TC: That’s right! That race ended before I got there, but after talking with Chris Busick who was in the race he said it was a good one. Busick helped get Chris Pare in the break that lapped the field and finish 4th.

MRC: Great to see those results coming in all race categories.

TC: Yeah, I’ve said it before. But it’s great to see the guys out there working like a team. Set a plan and execute.

MRC Cat 4’s Come Out Swinging at Chris Hinds Memorial Crit!

Chris Hinds Crit Podium

This past weekend officially opened the New England Road Racing Calendar with the 16th Annual Chris Hinds Memorial Criterium and our Cat 4 squad hit it hard! Rees Madsen and Tucker Wetmore finished 1st and 2nd in the Men’s Cat 4 race. Then Tucker went on to finish 3rd in the Men’s Cat 3/4 race immediately after.

First a few words from our Directeur Sportif Tom Coleman

MRC: Tom, the boys came out swinging early this past weekend with two riders getting three podium spots in the first two races of the day. Madsen and Wetmore going 1st and 2nd in the Cat 4 race. Then Wetmore taking the 3rd step in the Cat 3/4 race. Nice to see it opening up so well. Not to be outdone by the Cat 4’s, Josh Burgel had a monster race finishing 4th in a stacked Mens 40+ race.

Tom Coleman: I’m super thrilled to see this weekends results! Rees and Tucker in the 4’s, and then Robbie Raymond taking the 4th in the field sprint in the Cat 3/4 race was great! These guys need to keep killing it so I’ll have some teammates in the 2’s! Burgel is a beast, it was great hearing him get in the mix and finishing just behind guys like Miles Billings and Dean Phillips. Looking forward to our “Master’s” squad to have a great season.

MRC: Ahhh I see now, you’re just excited about having future teammates in your races.

TC: …

MRC: Moving on, another of the new additions to the race team this year was having Mike Westbery be your Cat 4 team captain. Looks like he did a good job calling the shots in the 4’s and lending a hand in the 3/4 race.

TC: This weekends races looked like a success! I was happy to see the chatter of Mike with his team mates in the days leading up to the race. They must have all payed attention in tactics class.

MRC: Speaking of hitting it hard this weekend. One of your racers hit the deck fairly hard.

TC: Yeah, Antony Haivanis unfortunately got to prove the safety of the new Lazer Bullet helmet, walking away from a rough crash with nothing but bumps and bruises.

MRC: See kids, wear your helmets… it’ll save your life one day! One last question for you Tom. I noticed your name was missing from the results list this weekend.

TC: I unfortunately wasn’t able to do one my favorite races due to it falling on my oldest daughter’s 9th birthday. She couldn’t have been more happy that I stayed home, and there always be more bike races.

MRC: Priorities, well done Tom.

Let’s meet our Cat 4 race team Captain Mike Westberry.

MRC: Hi Mike and welcome to Directeur’s Chair. Looks like you guys had a heck of a weekend! Can you take credit for the success of Rees and Tucker?

Mike Westberry: Thanks, but none of this was possible without guys willing to buy in to the tactics of teamwork. I think we proved, once again, that it works! We try to set a plan and execute it to the best of our abilities. This past weekend it worked!

MRC: How does it feel to have your first race under your belt for the 2018 season as racer and captain?

MW: This must be what it feels like to be a sport director at Quick-Step Floors. I mean, I remember telling someone to ‘get up there and make an attack’, and 5 seconds later, it was happening. But you do have to trust everyone, including your protected guys, not to chase the wind for no reason.

MRC: Must have been a relief to know that 20+% of the field were MRC racers

MW: That’s perhaps putting it mildly, seeing the squad in action this weekend was great. We knew we had our work cut out for us be being the largest team in the field. We planned for that and put it in play.

MRC: Is there anything you’d like to close out with?

MW: Just to thank the squad for putting their work in helping our guys get on the podium and thanks to our President Jeremy Cratty and DS Tom Coleman for their guidance in the planning portion.

One last little interview for our weekend wrap up with Rees Madson who had a great run this weekend winning the Cat 4 race and earning his Cat 3 upgrade.

MRC: Contrats on the great weekend. A win and an upgrade! Well done!

Rees Madsen: Thanks! It was great to see so many MRC guys out there today. I knew my role and could ride the race knowing others did as well.

MRC: Did you have a feeling going into the race that you had this one?

RM: No, not at all. I spend most of last week feeling sick, which meant I came into the race with well rested legs. I knew my job was to attack late so it gave me time to get warmed up.

MRC: How did it work out that you and Tucker went 1-2 on the group.

RM: Like I said, we all had our roles so Tucker and I saved it for the end. I found myself on the front and attacked with 3 laps to go. I was able to ride myself away from the one guy who followed and drilled it for the remaining laps. Lucky for me, the solo attack stuck and I got my first win in my final race as a Cat 4. Tucker was surfing the front of the chase group making sure nothing got away. I guess his momentum and enormous engine carried him to the front of the chase group and in position for 2nd place.

MRC: Fantastic! Can’t wait to see what you guys are going to do in the 3’s in the next few races!!

Well folks that concludes this edition of new segment called Weekend Wrap Up on the Directeur’s Chair! Hope you enjoyed reading! Catch up with you next week after the upcoming Brumble Bikes Kermesse on the 7th and the Mystic Velo Criterium on the 8th.

COLEMAN OPENS MRC 2018 SEASON WITH A BANG!

Continuing with our “Tuesday’s with Tom” lets do a little race recap from March 10th…Tom Coleman wins 2018 Grants Tomb

While a number of the MRC race team members were off in California at the spring training camp our own Directeur Sportif, Tom Coleman, made the short trip down to NYC for the CRCA Grant’s Tomb Criterium.

MRC: Hi Tom, congrats on the win a few weeks back!

Tom Coleman: Thanks

MRC: OK… So… How was the race? You made the solo trek down to NYC and it seems like it paid off. You opened the young season with a win in the Men’s 2-3 race and then jumped into the P/1/2/3 race. Tell me about that.

TC: Grant’s Tomb, for anyone that’s done it before, is a different type of race. It’s really out side of the reaches of the “normal” New England racing scene but just close enough to make it work. It’s also unlike any race I’ve done before cause it’s in Manhattan. It was a long drive 7-8hrs both ways and I was not looking forward to turning and burning for two crits. And I was flying solo as compared to the last year where a large group of us made the trip with a 2am McDonalds stop. But my wife encouraged me to do it anyway. It was “warmer “ than the previous year, 35° compared to 20° with a 15mph wind. The race was a race and I was pumped to Win the 2/3 and get my first win as a Cat 2, then going on to the p123 race and finishing despite freezing was another win. Oh, I avoided McDonalds this year so that’s a win, win, win!!

MRC: Wow, that’s quite the accomplishment. You did it solo too. Why didn’t you have any of the usual Cat 2’s or 3’s with you in the race?

TC: Well, I went solo because everyone else was else was busy getting sick in California from the now infamous Cratt-flu at the Reverse Training Camp.

MRC: I guess you can totally consider that a win, win, win, win situation! OK, I know you like to keep it short so we’ll cut this portion off here. Thanks Tom!

TC: …

4/3/2018 Directeur’s Chair

We’re back for 2018 with a whole new look and new leadership for our club and race team. Jeremy Cratty who was our previous race team directeur has stepped it up a notch and is now our club president, congrats Jeremy! Now that Jeremy is navigating the ever changing political scene we had an opening as Race Team Directeur and one of our top racers has decided to give back to the club a little by playing team boss. Congrats and welcome to our new Directeur Sportif, Thomas Coleman! To kick things off we’re going to try a new segment called “Tuesdays with Tom” were we try to have a regular chat with DS Tome Coleman.

MRC: Hi Tom, welcome and congrats on the new role.

Tom Coleman: Thanks.

MRC: I see you’re a man of few words…

Tom Coleman

New MRC Directeur Sportif, Tom Coleman

TC: …

MRC: Being the new DS of MRC, you have some big shoes to fill. What are you bringing to the table now that Mr. Cratty has moved up a rung on the MRC hierarchy?

TC: Jeremy Cratty came to me and said “Hey, you’d be good at this!” And I thought what the heck, I’ll give it a shot! What do I got to do……lol. Honestly it’s a bigger job than I once thought, we have a very large and impressive group of racers that span all categories. That’s why I’ve really like having the team captains! I can work with them to do all the dirty work! But seriously I’m happy to be giving back to the club.

MRC: Tell me a little about your cycling background.

TC: My cycling background actually started in BMX and MTB. I was trying out some mountain bike racing and needed more legs under me, road riding is a great way to find them. But then I got sucked into the never ending vortex of Road Racing. (And there’s a hundred stories in between all that).

MRC: HA! We’ll save those for next time… I know your a busy guy, so I’ll keep this short. Any closing thoughts for the folks on the interwebs?

TC: In this early 2018 season I’m excited to see all these cat 4s and 3s coming out hard and getting results. But that may be a bit selfish because I’m hopeful that this guys will eventually upgrade to Cat 2’s and give me a team to work with in races. Personally I’m also excited to work on my own Cat 1 upgrade this year. Last year was a good year for me to learn the ropes of the P/1/2’s and this year I’m ready to apply it.

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