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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Cat 4’s Shake Up Wayne Elliot Circuit

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The Minuteman Road Club Men’s Cat 4 team, in a display of teamwork that lasted throughout the race, produced outstanding results at the Wayne Elliot Memorial Circuit Race in Merrimac, MA on May 14th, 2011. Early in the 5 lap, 32 mile race over characteristic New England roads (read that as : pot holes, frost heaves and cracks everywhere) Doug Kennedy and Len Engle softened up the field with early breakaways, supported by crafty blocking moves by Chris Pare.

On the final lap, a questionable solo break got away during a neutralization FOR AN AMBULANCE but Doug Kennedy sacrificed himself with a heroic bridging move that bought his team back into the fray. Not long after, Jeremy Cratty initiated a punishing leadout followed by Len Engle, Chris Pare and John Smith. Engle nearly goes down when a rider in front of him veered into this path. He managed to stay upright and finish 6th.

Pare has a heart-stopping moment as he nearly gets involved in Engle’s troubles and finished 4th. John Smith dodged all of this, sprinted for the line in the clear but was nipped at the last moment and got 2nd.

In the Men’s Cat 5’s, John Raguin showed why he’s moving up to the 4’s in his next race by eluding crashes that occurred around him, bridging huge gaps and accelerating to the the line in a pack sprint to finish 5th.

Read about the race in the competitors’ own words here in our forum.

Cat 4 Team Gives Strong Showing at Myles Standish

Sunday April 3, 2011 – Plymouth, MA – Getting the early season going well this past weekend, John “Smudger” Smith and Chris Pare navigated rough roads and squirrelly fellow racers to top 10 finishing spots at the Miles Standish State Forest Road Race. Their successful efforts were supported by teammates, Todd Savage and Stefan Wawersik.

A field of fifty-two Cat 4 racers competed on the four lap, 5 mile course on a sunny day that featured 40-50º temperatures and 15 mph winds out of the northwest.

The first three laps consisted of the usual mix of tentative and unsuccessful breakaways. Savage led the race for most of the third lap, then the course, ravaged by a tough winter of plowing and frost heaves, caused a crash on the final lap that put Wawersik out of contention. However, Smith and Pare were still in the chase as they approached the final sweeping left turn before the finish.

Pare found himself on the outside of the turn with the cyclists in front of him drifting further and further outside to the right as they exited the turn, edging him briefly off the course and forcing him to rely on his CX bike handling skills to a) not crash in the pine needles and b) get back on the course. Despite this, he hammered on and finished a very respectable 7th.

Meanwhile, John Smith, who was on the inside of the final turn, put his head down and engaged his powerful sprint. He approached the line with three others, his tire-width lunge for the finish enabled him to capture 4th place.

Way to go guys!

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