2014 Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross p/b Landrys Bicycles is October 12th!

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Turning of the leaves and crisper mornings can mean only one thing: the Minuteman Road Club’s annual cyclocross race, now in it’s fifth year at the Bolton Fair in Lancaster, is right around the corner on Sunday, October 12! What better way to unwind from the hustle and bustle of Holy Week than to return to a grassroots cyclocross with a great vibe and fun atmosphere.

Remember how we doubled our elite payouts last year? Well, we’ve bumped them up ANOTHER 50% for this year. That’s right, winners of the men’s and women’s 1/2/3 race gets $300! Landry’s Bicycles has stepped up to the plate and is providing GENEROUS gift cards to the podium toppers in the non-elite races. More about payouts and other details of the race in our race flyer.

MRC CX is also part of the NEBRA CX BAR (Best All-Around Rider) Series, tracking points for 16 categories over 13 races.

Single speed racers: Harpoon Brewery is now the beer sponsor for the Zanconato SSCX Series! You can guess what will be waiting for you should you make the podium in one of the SS races

You’ll be competing on grass, pavement, an EXPANDED tractor pull area (with BIG ess turns!) and wood chips. We’ve got Chris Paré collaborating with Colin Reuter for course design – you won’t want to miss what they come up with!

Don’t hesitate, get to BikeReg now – this is right about the time that the 4/5 and 3/4 fields start to fill up: https://www.bikereg.com/25780

MRC Year End Party a Great Success

 

This past January 25th, 40 MRC members and s/o’s joined at the International Country Club in Bolton, MA, for an evening of great food, drink and awards. Classic New England winter weather greeted attendees as they arrived at the venue: a couple of inches of snow on the ground along with a gentle flurry floating down.

 

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Jeremy & Courtney Cratty with Greg & Kelly Jackson

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Doug Kennedy Grabs a Cat 4 Podium at 2013 Blue Hills Classic

Using cagey race tactics to recover from chasing an early break by eventual winner Sean Pelletier (Team Stampede), Minuteman Road Club’s Doug Kennedy gains his second podium of the season in the Mens Cat 4 race at the Blue Hills Classic held in Milton, MA on May 5th, 2013.

Busick putting the hurt on the Cat 4 field on the way up Unquity.

Busick putting the hurt on the Cat 4 field on the final lap on way up Unquity.

 

Pelletier attacked at the end of the first lap and was chased by Kennedy and one other rider but when it quickly became apparent that Sean was gone for good, Doug settled into the peloton to regroup and recover. Nothing much happened until the last lap (as is often the case) when team mate Chris Busick drilled it on the steepest part of the climb towards the finish.

Busick’s effort did a good job of thinning the pack enough for Kennedy to find himself in 4th place as Unquity eased into the false flat to the finish. A handy wheel came speeding by him at just the right time and he latched on for the 100 meters through the false flat and then unleashed his spring for the last 200 meters to finish in second place.

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Doug Kennedy outpacing the field to finish 2nd in the Mens Cat 4 at Blue Hills.

 

Read all the race reports in the racers own words on our forum.

Registration for the 19th Annual Sterling Classic NOW OPEN!

Don’t hesitate, you know the 4’s and 5’s will fill quickly! Get over to BikeReg now and register!

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Team MRC Shines in Early Season Road Races

On a bumpy Myles Standish State Forest Road Race course, April 3rd MRC’s John Smith snagged 4th in the Cat 4 race while team mate Chris Pare survived being pinched off road during his finishing sprint to get 7th. Anna Savage came in 7th in the Juniors 10-14 heat.

The Quabbin Reservoir Classic Road Race on April 23 brought weather reminiscent of last year’s Sterling Classic: hard rain and 40 degree temperatures. The weather didn’t keep MRC’s PJ McQuade  from not only outlasting 21 racers who dropped out, but he finished 13th in the Cat 3 heat. Cat 4 standout John Smith finished 6th in a field of 65 that saw a stunning 2/3’rds of the field drop out. The Cat 5 field proved to be a hardier bunch losing only 26 of 67 starters to attrition. Nevertheless, MRC member Jeremy Cratty garnered 9th and Scott Sweeney 14th.

A windy Blue Hills Classic on May 1st saw Chris Pare turn in a strong sprint finish to get 7th in the Cat 4 field.  In the Cat 5 race, John Raguin put in a very strong showing and finished 2nd, his best result to that point..

John Raguin on the finishing climb at the Blue Hills Classic

Winter Multisport Clinics Announced

Winter is here, and multisport never sleeps.  You could commit time and energy to doing endless flip turns, or put on the layers of clothes for your long run, or spend another couple of hours watching lousy movies on the trainer.  Or, you can strap on a pair (of skis) and have some fun in the great outdoors.

A series of clinics will be held at the Weston Ski Track in Weston, MA providing instruction for those who would like to participate in Winter Tris and Dus.

Channel Multisport is the outfit providing the events (and races), with MRC providing support.  This is the link to the info on the website: http://www.wintermultisport.com/MAWTTS.html (dead link).

 

The dates for the three clinics are:

Thursday January 14, 2010 – Clinic (Run) & Race 1
Thursday January 28, 2010 – Clinic (Bike) & Race 2
Thursday February 11, 2010 – Clinic (XC Ski) & Race 3

It cost each person $25 for the whole series, non-USAT members need to buy 1 licence for the whole series ($10) and then the WST trail fee (unless you have a season pass).

And volunteers are needed.  If you cannot take part in the clinic, come sip cocoa and watch others get their “nasty bits” frost-nipped.

MRC Clearwater Revival

Two MRC’ers made the journey south to Florida to engage in the high speed race where being able to use the draft is key to victory: Talladega 500 Clearwater 70.3 World Championships.  With some reports that people did not appear to be paying close attention to the 7 meter rule and a lack of marshals on the course, times were blazing on the bike.  Fastest split of the day was a dazzling a 1:58:57 (28.25 mph). Couldn’t tell you if the owner of said bike split was drafting, but seems that a flourish of Tour de France time trial level speeds over twice the distance might indicate something is amiss.  Fabian Cancellara knocked off the 2009 TdF stage one (hilly) 9.63 mile TT in 19:32 (29.5 mph).    Alberto Contrador won the final 25.2 mile  TT in Annecy in 40:30 (31.2 mph).  28.25 over 56 miles ain’t too bad in comparison.

Our intrepid competitors Crystal Anthony and Kyle Bowers achieved impressive results.

Swim Bike Run Time
Crystal Anthony 35:20 2:12:54 1:28:03 4:21:21
Kyle Bowers 30:51 2:22:26 1:32:36 4:31:58

Crystal’s performance was good for 4th in her age group, only finishing about 1 minute outside of third. Very impressive considering that she spotted her competition 6+ minutes in the swim.  Crystal also has been competing in the women’s elite cyclocross race New England race circuit with Team Minuteman Road Club.  Kyle finished 76th in his age group, just a scant 28 minutes outside of first place.  Kyle has had a long season which included Ironman Lake Placid.

Patti and Hans, You are Ironmen!

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They got allota heaaaht!

Patti Dalconzo and Hans Thamhain completed the Ironman World Championships on October 10th!  Held in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, the course is the fabled home of Ironman racing.  The weather conditions could be described as nothing less than brutal. With high wind and heat, the race became a survival test for everyone including the Pros.

Patti steadily moved through the field for the Age Group race, finally finishing in 15th position, with only 19 seconds separating 13th – 15th.  She had them in her sites, but ran out of real estate.  Patti’s final splits were:

Swim 1:18:42
Bike 6:22:15
Run 4:08:08
Final 11:56:43 (1112th/15th)

Hans continues to astound an amaze.  Rumors have it that shortly after the race, government agents in black suits and with ear pieces took Hans to a government facility in Area 51 to begin a battery of medical tests.  Hans is clearly from another planet.  Hans finished 11th in his age group.  Only one more year till Hans ages up; then those guys in the 75-79 age group better look out!  His final splits were:

Swim 1:52:56      Bike: 7:24:49      Run: 5:58:25      Final: 15:27:41  (1566th/11th)

Congrats to Pattie and Hans, as well as to the Friends of MRC (FOMRC) who competed.  Go eat some pizza, and a Mai Tai, and chill out (literally getting that core temperature back down).

You can watch the suffer-fest from the comfort of your own trainer on December 19, 2009 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm EST.  Starting figuring out your qualifying strategy for 2010.

2009 Ironman World Championships

It’s that time of year again, where the best of the best go head to head with one another and the storied Ironman WC course.  Clear skies, stiff winds, and high temperatures will challenge the competitors throughout the day, with everyone seeking to reach their personal goals and the 17 hour cut-off.

Pattie Dalconzo (#814) and Hans Thamhain (#230) of the Minuteman Road Club will be there.  You can track their progress at www.ironmanlive.com.  You can watch the race live at www.universalsports.com.

Perennial Kona Qualifier Hans Thamhain takes age group at FIRMman

P1020215In what was reported to be a challenging day on many fronts, Kona qualifier Hans Thamhain won the 70-74 age group in his final tune-up before heading off to the Ironman World Championships.  Despite rough surf and bumpy roads, three MRC’ers competed in the Rhode Island-based  1/2 Iron-distance race.  As Lynn Scornavacca described it, “The swim was in a rough ocean, very challenging to get past the breakers. One wave crashed on us so hard it was a goggle yard sale!”

Rather than collect goggles, the team made its way through the course, en route to impressive results.

Michael Bingham(6:16:00, 255th overall, 9th Males 55-59)
Hans Thamhain (6:20:01, 259th overall, 1st  Males 70-74)
Lynn Scornavacca (6:35:48, 282nd overall, 2nd Females 50-54)

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