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!

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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.

RACE REPORT: ANOTHER GREAT YEAR FOR THE KEN HARROD MEMORIAL ROAD RACE!

The Ken Harrod Memorial Road Race presented by the Minuteman Road Club (MRC) occurred on June 4th, 2016 in Harvard, MA, marking the race’s third year in the town. Named for longtime Harvard firefighter and bicycling enthusiast Ken Harrod, the race benefits the Harvard Firefighters Fund, and brings more than 350 amateur and professional racers to compete on the beautiful and challenging roads of Harvard.

(photo: Jeff Dieffenbach)

(photo: Jeff Dieffenbach)

This year’s edition, aided by sponsorship from Wachusett Brewing Company, Privateer Rum, Murphys Insurance, and Landry’s Bicycles, ran over multiple laps of the same 10 mile course used in 2015, including the roughly 2.5 mile, 350 foot climb up Oak Hill. Each racer competed in one of 8 categories, and new for 2016 were a women’s P/1/2 race in a split field and a men’s Masters 55+ race in a split field. Wachusett Brewing Company supplied a beer tent complete with fire truck, providing refreshment for racers and spectators in the picture-perfect 70-80 degree weather.

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4/26/16 – Directeur’s Chair

directeur-chair-mrc-200pxWe’re back with another edition of Directeur’s Chair. Celebrating another strong weekend of racing at the Quabbin Road Race in Ware, MA we catch up with MRC DS Jeremy Cratty.

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Mark Miller, photo: ©Pete Talbot

MRC: Jeremy, Congrats on yet another weekend of great racing! You must be pleased with the way your race squads have come together and race as a team.

Jeremy: It’s truly amazing what people will do for free stuff. Dangle a nice helmet in front of them and a free beer at the end of the race and they’ll do anything… Seriously, there’s 2 ways to win an amateur bike race, solo away at 6 watts/kg or have a team frustrate the living crap out of everyone until they give up. This past weekend we did each!

MRC: Is there a standout moment in the race that comes to mind?

J: In the Cat 3 race at Quabbin, we executed the very underrated “alley-opp” technique where we send a worker up the road in a break, and then the team leader bridges across to their teammate, uses them like a piece of trash to be discarded, then goes on to win the race.  I was the piece of trash, Mark Miller was the winner.  Last time I saw that executed properly was between Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana in the Vuelta (which is a fair comparison I think)

Quabbin 2016 Finish!

Dave Mingori, photo: ©Pete Talbot

MRC I noticed that Dave Mingori scored his second win in as many weeks. Looks like you’ll have a new Category 3 racer to add to the squad.

J: Yes Dave’s on a mission since last year’s GMSR, definitely one of the most improved racers on the team. And it’s good we’ll have a new guy in the Cat 3 because the regulars are getting sick of me sending them to the front.
MRC: Also, one of your new editions Josh Burgle looks to be on good form already. I’m assuming he’s soon to join the Category 3 ranks.

J: I’ve been “racing” against Josh for years on the Monster Bullet-train. I always thought he was a Cat 3 anyway. We have a word for those types of guys, I’ll leave it at that 🙂

MRC: Lets talk about your Category 2 squad. Initially it was just Patrick Collins but now with Joe Magro coming back to MRC and Jason Croteau joining the club it looks like you’re going to be quite the force in the 2’s.

J: Actually we have several other Cat 3’s very close to making the jump. I actually told Patrick to slow down before he mistakenly upgrades to Cat 1. Next thing you know MRC will be a Continental Pro team and I’ll have to quit my day job and buy a Skoda.

MRC: Anything else you’d like to add in closing?

J: I’m going to need a massage after all this typing.

MRC: Maybe you need to look into a team soigneur?

J: YES!!!!!

RACE REPORT: KEN HARROD MEMORIAL ROAD RACE 2015 Received Rave Reviews!

The second edition of the Ken Harrod Memorial Road Race presented by the Minuteman Road Club occurred on May 30th, 2015 in Harvard, MA. This was the second year the race was held in Harvard after 19 years of MRC presenting a road race in Sterling, MA.

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MRC’s Chris Pare rolls out of downtown Harvard, MA with the Cat 3 peloton.

There were two waves of races, with three in the early morning wave and another three in the late morning wave. This year’s edition included a completely new course including the famous Oak Hill climb, the addition of a P/1/2 race, and a KOM competition. The race helps benefit the Harvard Firefighters Association, and was aided by sponsorship from Murphys Insurance, Landrys Bicycles, 3Cross Brewing Company, Ameriprise Financial, and Sports and Physical Therapy Associates (SPTA). The weather was fantastic on the day, even a bit hot and dry for most riders that left many out of fluids by the end of the race.

The course was met with rave reviews, with comments of “Thank you for bringing back the VeryFine race course” from various long time racers, “What a race!” from the Cannondale team, and even people who could not make it like Adam Meyerson commenting that “Thank you, Minuteman Road Club, for bringing back the classic, combined “Harvard-Littleton” road course, running good distances, reasonable entry fees, and an actual $1000 prize list for the P/1/2 men’s field.”

In the early morning fields:

The Mens Cat 5 race stayed together for much of the race which led to a sprint finish, where Dek Tuttle came out 1st, with Johannes Stromski of Riverside Racing and Orlando Correa of Team Columbia close behind for 2nd and 3rd.

In the Womens 3/4, a four woman breakaway got away from the main pack pushed by a Green Line Velo with two women in the group, Regina Legge and Julie Van der Hoop, with Antonina Hafner of Harvard University and Jennifer McCarthy of Riverside Racing. In the end, Legge won the sprint, following by Hafner in 2nd, Van der Hoop 3rd, and McCarthy 4th. The pack sprint was won by Leslie Timm for 5th place.

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The Women’s 3 / 4 field approaches the turn onto Littleton Road in Harvard, MA.

Finally, the Mens Cat 4 race had the largest field of the day and plenty of strong up and coming riders in it. There were plenty of attacks, and on lap 3, a break of two riders looked like it might stick, but Minuteman Road Club and Greenline Velo pulled back the break by the top of Oak Hill. On the last lap, things stuck together as every rider seemed to gear up for the sprint. At the finish, Minuteman Road Club’s Brad Bradford slingshot around the field for the win, with Steven Edwards of PVC/CycleMania, Jeb Fowler of Linen/BCA, Jose Ordovas of Green Line Velo, and Josh Burgel of Bikeway Source/Bell Lap Racing taking 2nd through 5th place.

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MRC’s Kevin Teves (left) helps Brad Bradford (right) celebrate his Cat 4 victory.

In the late morning fields:

The Mens Cat 3 race turned into a slower and tactical race for the rest of the field due to a four man breakway getting away. After an early break was caught on the 2nd lap on Oak Hill, a second major break formed through a counter attack. Dawry Cabrera of NEBC, John Eckert of STAMPEDE, and Brendan Longe of Community Bicycle Racing got away. Although the pack did some work to try to bring back the break, it was not enough to catch it in the end as they were 1 minute ahead with a lap to go. Cabrera won with his own break to come across solo, followed by Eckert, and later Longe. Miles Billings of 545 took off on the last climb up Oak Hill to claim a clear 4th, and then Scott White of Rancourt & Co won the pack sprint to claim the last podium spot in 5th.

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Dawry Cabrera posts up as he crosses the line in his Cat 3 solo breakaway win.

The Masters 45+ field had a large field of very experienced riders ready to attack the course. There were many attacks, and the climb up Oak Hill on the 2nd lap was extremely fast paced and caused everyone to suffer. Shortly after, Tom Francis of Wheelworks Racing and Chris Crowell of Stage 1/fusionTHINK got away on a two man breakaway. No one thought it would last, but the pack didn’t work together to share the load of catching the break. By the beginning of the last lap, those two had a 1:40 lead on the pack and mostly had just each other to think about. Francis was able to pull away with a well-deserved win and Crowell getting a well-earned 2nd. Kurt Begemann of Castellli BRS attacked on the final steep part of Oak Hill and stayed away for 3rd, while Guillermo Herrera of Downeast Racing and Robert Campbell of Cycle Lodge grabbed the last two podium spots for 4th and 5th.

In the most highly anticipated race of the day, the P/1/2 field got off with a solid field. As usual, the high pace of the field caused many DNFs within the P/1/2 group as many dropped riders decided to save their energy for another day. Keith Kelly of ENGVT-UnTapped was able to get away on a solo breakaway with still 30 miles still to go. He was able to hold that lead until Brendan Rhim and Ansel Dickey (both of California Giant / Specialized) were able to pull themselves up to Kelly along with some of the rest of the field. In the finish, Rhim and Dickey were able to get a small gap and come in 1-2 for California Giant / Specialized. Kelly was able to summon enough energy to get 3rd, with Joseph Siegel of Grinta! p/b Best Buddies Challenge and Brendan McLaughlin of CCB Racing coming in 4th and 5th in a very tough race.

We look forward to hosting the 2016 edition of the Ken Harrod Memorial Road Race, which will be on the same weekend (the Saturday after Memorial Day) which is Saturday June 4th 2016. Our plan is to have exact same course as 2015!

For complete race results, visit the 2015 Ken Harrod Memorial Road Race page on Road-Results.

See more of Katie Busick’s photos here.

Race Report: Minuteman CX is Quintessential New England!

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Racers gathered yesterday under the glowing fall foliage for the fourth edition of the Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross Race p/b Landry’s Bicycles in Lancaster, MA. The morning racers faced damp course conditions and chilly temperatures, but the clear sky brought the sun to warm the course, removing the chill from the air on a quintessential New England autumn afternoon. By the time the Elite races and Zanconato Single Speed races were underway, the course had completely dried, making for some fast racing. The course featured wide, sweeping turns, some winding through a tricky sand section. The course had its technical sections as well: stairs, barriers, and the venue’s signature twists through woodchips under the barn roof.

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Kate Northcott (NESS Team New England), who took second place in this venue mere weeks ago behind European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman at Midnight CX, was off from the whistle in the Elite Women’s race. As Northcott took control of the race, Catherine

Sterling (Bikeman.com), Leslie Timm (Ladies First Racing), and Melody Chase (Gus CX/Ralegh) worked to reel in the leader. However, Northcott, having a stellar season so far, was gone for good. The leader rode her own race – at lightning pace, free of bobbles and mistakes – and the chase group settled in for a battle for the remaining podium spots. Sterling launched an attack, shaking Chase loose, and the race was decided. Northcott rode in for a clean win, as Sterling crossed the line second. Chase followed in third, and Timm held on for the fourth spot.

The fastest race of the day took to the course, with Dylan McNicholas (PolarTec), Jerome Townsend (Joe’s Garage p/b BikeReg.com), and Peter Goguen (Race CF) taking an early lead in the Elite Men’s race. Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) and Nick Keough (Keough Cyclocross) organized a chase, but the three leaders seemed to only add seconds to their lead.

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Meanwhile, Frankie McCormack (Clif Bar/Pactimo) was busy dieseling his way to the chase with son and teammate Brendan on his wheel. Goguen lost contact with the leaders, leaving McNicholas and Townsend to battle for the win, as Brendan connected with the chase. McNicholas and Townsend fought hard for the victory, staying together throughout the final laps, but the win was ultimately decided by who hit the loose gravel turns before the finish first. It was Townsend who claimed the win, McNicholas hot on his heels in second. Goguen finished third. Myerson gapped McCormack to cross the line fourth, and Keough rolled in sixth.

In the Zanconato Single Speed Series, men’s series leader Mike Rowell (Bikeway Source/Bell Lap Racing) took the win, but not easily: Rowell had to fend off Matt Sousa (Cuppow/Geekhouse/B2C2) for the entirety of the race. Sousa claimed second, while Benjamin Pagano (Bikeway Source/Bell Lap Racing) finished third. In the women’s race, each podium finisher was racing her second race of the day: Joanne Grogan (Cyclocrossracing.com) won, while Clara Kelly (NEBC p/b Cycle Loft) crossed the line second, and Michele Smith (Hup United) claimed the last podium spot.

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For complete race results, visit the 2014 MRC CX page on CrossResults.

See more of Katie Busick’s photos here.

Nolan Garon Tops Men 4/5 Field at Cycle-Smart Int’l Day 2

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Nolan’s race report:

Waking up the morning of the race at 5:15 may not be the best way to win a bike race but apparently it did not make a difference Sunday. Getting there and seeking that it was 43 degrees was also not very fun to see but this is cyclocross isn’t it? After I got pinned up and signed in I went out for my first recon lap before my race. About halfway through my pre-ride I knew that this course would suit me having no run up and a very punchy “climb” and some nice fast turns.

When I got to the startline I lined up next to the same people that I raced on Day 1, so my hope was that their starts would be just as good today.

The whistle blows and we are off, I gun it from the start and after the first two corners we had established a lead group of four. They keep on the gas for about 1/3 of a lap and I notice that the group does not want to do any work so coming by the pit the first lap I really open it up and decide to take my chances off the front…

This came at the perfect time because next up on the course was the steep “hill” – really more of a steep bank but going up it first was a good idea because the guy in third seem to botch the only possible line that you could take slowing up the entire field.

For the rest of the lap it was pure pain for 4 minutes trying to establish a sizable gap. By the time I got to the finish straight I had staked out a 20 second gap and was still feeling strong so I just kept hitting as hard as I could for the next lap.

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When I hit the barriers on the second lap I still was feeling good but by the middle of the third lap I could feel my power starting to fade especially in the straights.

One thing that did start to pick up were the amount of heckles that you will get coming down the tent row and when you go through the more populated areas, “Sandbagger!” and “Cat up!” really tend to get annoying when you have never even won a race or had more than 3 total upgrade points.

Okay so enough of that, let’s get in to the last lap.

By this time I am using all if the will that I can muster just to be able to hold the gap that I had built up. What really helped that last lap was my dad and Dave Warner (Green Line Velo/ZipCar) both yelling splits to me as I was going on my last lap to keep me going because the laughing dog rider and josh Araujo of Geekhouse were in hot pursuit.

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By the last few corners I was in disbelief that I had pulled off a win in a race this big! I was only predicted 18th! As I come into the finishing straight I nearly made a horrible mistake by almost taking both of my hands off of the bars as I crossed the line but then I remembered that that might not be the best idea.

It really felt great to be able to finally get a win at a race of that caliber also a plus is that I can upgrade and that means that I don’t have to wake up at 5 am to go to a race! I really don’t think that I could have done it without all of the group rides and the cross practice series for keeping me motivated to finish my first cross season. On to Sterling!

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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MRC’s Wawersik Scores at 33rd ENGVT Concord Criterium

On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire, the Minuteman Road Club’s Stefan Wawersik lined up with junior members Nolan Garon, Patrick Bauer-Blank, and 40 other racers. After waiting out a very fast start, Wawersik used cagey race tactics to wait until the last lap to punch through a peloton that repeatedly sat up at the top of the course. He then tore his way through the following chicanes to achieve the number two spot on the podium in the Mens Cat 4 race.

Way to go Stefan!

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Read Stefan’s full race report in our forum.

MRC’s Russ Campbell Notches Back-To-Back MTB Wins

After competing in his first mountain bike race somewhere around 1988 when he was 27, MRC’s Russ Campbell waited a little while before entering another MTB race: 25 years. He must have learned a thing or two along the way because he won two races in a row in July.

The inaugural Gnar Weasels Cometh, on a rocky, muggy and buggy Saturday racecourse in Foxboro, was the scene of Campbell’s first win. Competing in the 50+ Novice field with four others, his margin of victory was pretty decisive: the gap to 2nd place was 11 minutes! (read his race report for Gnar Weasels)

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Left: Russ in his first MTB race ever c.1988 Right: Competing in his second one 25 years later.

Two weeks later, again competing in a newly offered MTB race, the Barn Burner at Adams Farm in Walpole, MA, Russ lined up against 13 other 50+ Cat 3 racers. After two circuits of the 5 mile loop that featured a lot of turny single-track and some challenging rock gardens, Campbell came out on top once again. (read his race report for the Barn Burner)

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Campbell atop the podium at Gnar Weasels Shredeth (left) and Barn Burner (right).

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