Directeur’s Chair: The Lost Episode

directeur-chair-mrc-200px[Remember folks, “saving as a draft” is not the same as “publish now”. Here’s a DC post from 6/13/16 that got overlooked.]

 

MRC: Hi Jeremy, long time no talk… whats new?

Jeremy: Well we went through the meat of the schedule, and let’s just say I feel like a turkey burger (but with bacon because it wasn’t all bad).

MRC: Last we talked you and the rest of the team were gearing up for the final edition of the Tour of the Battenkill. Tell us of some of the highlights.

J: Yeah Battenkill was the beginning of what I originally termed “3 weeks of Glory” which included Killington and our own race, the Ken Harrod Memorial.  Battenkill was solid if unspectacular.  We had strong teams in the Women’s 3/4s, Men3s, 4s and 45+ which yielded a bunch of top 10s.  Our Women’s team had a great race putting two riders on the podium and two more in the top 10.  In the men’s races, for a while we didn’t think we’d get anyone to take the top spot (except in the beer tent).  Luckily in the 5s John Morrissey saved the day with a monster sprint to take the win and in the celebratory bedlam I dumped a beer on his wife (sorry about that).  Killington was its usual sufferfest, I’ll leave it at that.

MRC: On the heels of Battenkill you and the rest of the Minuteman Road Club had to change gears a little and get ready to host the 4th annual Ken Harrod Memorial Road Race in Harvard, MA.  Even though there were a few crashes the day turned out to be an amazing success!

KHMM PodiumJ: As usual, the Ken Harrod Memorial was an instant classic.  Great weather, solid turnout, a beer tent (see a theme here?) presented by Wachusett Brewing Co., and one singularly amazing win by our own Patrick Collins in the Pro/1/2 race.  The excitement built as Patrick had made the winning break, and President and part-time Race MC John “Smudger” Smith got to call the winning sprint.  I’m sure he said something inspiring, but none of us could understand his Scottish accent.  On a separate note, our own Race Director, John “The Pirate” Raguin came in 5th in the Masters race to put an exclamation point on his tenure as he hands the baton for next year.  Also Josh “Ham” Burgel-er nabbed 5th in the Cat 4 and can officially be removed from top candidate for Sandbagger-of-the-year.

MRC: It’s safe to say our sponsors are a little excited as to how the season is going.  I was with TJ Morse from Wachusett Brewing Company and he was on the phone with the owner of the Brewery screaming “WE WON WE WON!!”

KHMM FinishlineJ: It’s been really fun to partner with new sponsors like Wachusett Brewing Co. over the last few months and the results have been off the charts.  Luckily they make a Light IPA or we’d have to switch over to downhill MTB racing.

MRC: A few weeks back was the Massachusetts State Road Race Championships at the Purgatory Road Race in Sutton Ma.  Once again MRC had a few incidents but came away with success!

J: We’ve had a lot of wins so far, but also a lot of crashes.  Lazer should expect a call, because we’re hemorrhaging helmets.  Luckily they work or we’d need a few more racers too.  At Purgatory we got to see Jason Croteau on form, and he came away with the Massachusetts Masters State Championship jersey while finishing 3rd overall.  It’s good to see the “Hulk” back at it, and on a climby parcour no less.

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MRC: Wrapping up a busy few weeks MRC hosted the 1st Annual Wachusett Brewing Company Gran Fondo!  By the looks of the pictures it seems like everyone had a great time!

J: I sure did!!! And I think everyone else did as well.  Someone at the beginning said it wasn’t a race, but a handful of us treated it that way, to my discomfort.  It was harder than most races, with some challenging terrain and road conditions.  Luckily there we’re 2 strategically placed Aid Stations with a vast selection of refreshments, oh and a beer tent!!!!  Special thanks to Scott Conchieri for organizing the successful 1st annual event.  I can’t wait until next year.

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MRC: Hard to believe that the season it already at its midpoint.  What are some of the races your squads are targeting to round out the year?

J:  I have my eyes set on one event right now, the Longsjo Classic starting this Friday in Leominster.  Three days of awesome crit racing and we have a strong crew of Cat 3/4s, Masters and of course Patrick Collins in the Pro/1/2.  I expect some incredible results, or else I’ll ban all Wachusett Brewing products until further notice!!!

MRC: Thanks again for your time Jeremy.

J: No problem, I’m contractually obligated to conduct this interview.

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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MRC Sports 7 Top 20 Finishers at 2011 Battenkill

The Minuteman Road Club produced laudable results at the 2011 Tour of the Battenkill last Sunday April 10th. Of the 17 team members entered, nearly half garnered top 20 finishes and two placed in the top 10 of their respective fields.

Matt Pierson working his way up Meetinghouse Road - Beth Trinkett photo

In the Cat 4 Grey field, when John Smith flatted about 7 miles in, MRC mates Stefan Wawersik and Rob Follansbee demonstrated how to work as a team to get him back in the race. After Wawersik swapped wheels with Smith, Follansbee heroically bridged Smith all the way back into the race. Very pro.

Later on, Doug Kennedy made his contribution by leading Smith out at the finish resulting in an 11th place finish for Smith and Kennedy in 12th.

The men’s Cat 5 35+ Pink field found three members in the lead group through the halfway point: Jeremy Cratty, Scott Sweeney and Russ Campbell. The moderately warm but very dry day and the unrelenting climbs took their toll on all of the racers as that pack deteriorated into smaller and smaller, more spread out groups. By the end, Cratty fought to a 6th place finish, Sweeney gaining 8th and Campbell in 12th.

Other top 20 finishers were Gary Sclar in the Cat 5 35+ Yellow field outlasting a field that saw 1/3 of the entrants DNF to attain 16th postion and Lynn Thornton, who placed 15th in the Women’s Ca4 35+ field.

Read the exciting race reports and see photos from the race in the MRC forum.

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