MRC Cat 4’s Come Out Swinging at Chris Hinds Memorial Crit!

Chris Hinds Crit Podium

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.

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