Triathlete Hans Thamhain, 77 – Long time member of MRC

Former MRC triathlete Hans Thamain passed away Thursday after crashing his bike in Hyannis a few days ago. The details are fuzzy. Nobody seems to know if he was hit by a car or run off the road, or if he had some medical episode. He was in a coma for a couple of days before passing.

Hans was amazing: he was 77 and was still racing Ironman triathlons and teaching at Bentley. In fact he qualified for Kona for the fifth time this year.

The MRC sends out condolences to his family and all who knew this remarkable and kind man. Details of services here.

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Town of Sterling Does Not Issue Permit for 20th Sterling Classic

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!

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MRC Gives Back, Donates $500 to Sterling Rec. Dept.

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)

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.

Chris Pare Tops Podium In Mens 3/4 2013 Witches Cup

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.

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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.

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DiBattista Tops Podium at 2013 Purgatory RR Cat4 35+

Minuteman Road Club’s Rob DiBattista raced to the top spot in the Mens 35+ Cat 4 heat of Green Line Velo’s 2013 Purgatory Road Race on a hot and sunny June 9th Sunday in Sutton, MA.

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DiBattista powering up Lackey for the final push to victory.

Rob’s plan was to sit in the field and reserve everything for the final run up Lackey Road but his competitors kept pushing the pace and stringing out the pack. Teammate Jacob Lipcon buried himself several times in support, chasing down the breaks that tried to get away after each of these surges began to subside.

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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.

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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.

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Battenkill Podiums For Two MRC Members!

Doug Kennedy Men's 40+/4's finish line Battenkill 2013

Doug Kennedy finishes first in the Men’s 40+/4’s 2013 Tour of Battenkill

A solid contingent of Minuteman Road Club racers was able to produce not just one but TWO podium finishes in the 2013 Tour of Battenkill on a chilly April 13 in Cambridge, NY.

The Mens 40+ Cat 4 field started off with an early crash, which Doug Kennedy deftly avoided (no doubt calling upon his CX skill set) then settled into a frustratingly sleepy pace for the next 40 or so miles. Nevertheless, the continual grind of climb after climb did manage to have riders being shed from the main field along the way.

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Tour de Murietta Kicks off Nature Valley Pro Chase

MNBF-PRO-CHASE-LOGO-200The Tour de Murietta, the first qualifier race in the Nature Valley Pro Chase is now under way about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, CA.

Yesterday’s heat saw competitors navigating a 4.1 miles time trial course that started off on flat-to-rolling terrain then onto a 2.9% one mile climb to the finish on a section of groomed, unpaved road. And from the terrific photos by Pink Shorts Photography and Rod Baine, it looks like they also faced a little rain along the way.

Today’s stage brings the racers to a flat counter-clockwise, L-shaped crit course and on Sunday, they will face a 3.76 miles circuit over rolling terrain. See more photos and get updates during the day at the Tour de Murietta’s Facebook page. Results of the TT and future stages are available on CA Pools Racing’s website.

On May 11th, the Minuteman Road Club’s Sterling Classic Road Race comprises another one of the qualifying races. The Nature Valley Pro Chase gives amateur racers the opportunity to participate in the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Riders will be selected at six regional qualifying events. Team members will receive free entries, a generous travel subsidy, housing and team support. They will also receive pro-level recognition before, during and after the events, including pre-race call ups and participation in promotional and media appearances.

Register for the Sterling Classic now!

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Photos courtesy Pink Shorts Photography

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