Now that we are a well over a month into the season it seems a fitting time to bring back the Directur’s Chair. To be honest it has taken Jeremy Cratty nearly a month to get back to my initial interview request after I missed a few days of riding. For the most part the format will remain the same this year unless creativity strikes in club approved manner. Keep an eye toward the homepage for weekly updates as the racing continues to heat up.
MRC: Before we get into the racing let’s take a minute to examine your halfhearted attempt at retirement. Basically you raced until Longsjo, took some time off to play golf and drink beer, and came back for a limited CX season. In addition you are racing on the roads earlier than you ever have in your career.
Cratty: Let’s just say I mentally retired from caring about road race results. Now I’m just a super domestique for people who can realistically win races. And if the race goes uphill, I’ll be the guy in my underwear running after you.
MRC: Did you really want a cake that bad in downtown Fitchburg?
Cratty: Oh yeah, I freakinggggg love cake. Ok now you reminded me why I really retired. I may retire a few more times…
On to the racing…
MRC: Last year was the first year of the restructured MRC race program and it proved wildly successful. At one point there was fear that it would bankrupt the club because guys were riding out of their minds. What is your quick take on year one? Were there lessons learned that will be rectified in the second year?
Cratty: My first take on year 1, people love money and free stuff, even in very small quantities. I also noticed that people lose interest as the New England season gets out of May. To take advantage of the early season focus, we’ll be putting an emphasis on the CCB Velotooler Series which should be exciting.
MRC: Following up on that point what are your goals as the DS heading into 2017?
Cratty: Obviously we want to continue to win, but also I’d like to recruit some new talent to round out the ranks as our guys upgrade to 2s and 3s. Based on some early season group rides we have a few new diamonds in the rough that should shine brightly (sorry, overuse of clichés).
MRC: During your “retirement” you picked up Tom Colman and I as athletes. Cross proved wildly successful for me and Tom is dropping bombs at early season races. What’s the secret? Do you actually know what you’re talking about when it comes to this stuff?
Cratty: Yes. I learned how to read at a very young age (7 or 8yrs old). I stopped during college but then picked it up again. It’s amazing what you can learn from books. I’m basically a walking Cliff-notes of bike training.
MRC: Last weekend at the Coastal Classic (This is how long ago this was written) MRC had a big day with Tom taking the win in the 3/4 and a top ten in the 1/2/3. As director what goals do you have coming into the next month of the season?
Cratty: I predict Tom will also come in 2nd at Marblehead in the P123 then upgrade to Cat 2. Just a hunch!
MRC: At the Coastal Classic tempers were raging in the 3/4 with MRC stopping up the chase and generally being pests throughout Tom’s mammoth break. You were involved in a small dustup with one of the Race CF riders. What is your take on blocking and disrupting the chase? Where is the line in the sand that should’t be crossed by a team with a guy off the front?
Cratty: In all seriousness, we don’t “block”, that’s a bush-league tactic. But there’s nothing wrong with riding on the front, pulling through, soft-pedaling, and making people work for it. Just don’t head butt me because I’m 3rd wheel and won’t let you ride me off the wheel.
MRC: Any parting words for the team to get guys out the door to the races?
Cratty: Bring some Wachusett beer of course. And wear your shoe covers and aero shell #saveawatt
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.
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
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.
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.
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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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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.
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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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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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.