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.

Registration Open for the 2015 Ken Harrod Road Memorial Road Race

For the second year in a row, the Minuteman Road Club has partnered with the Harvard Firefighter’s Association to put together the Ken Harrod Memorial Road Race. And now we have great news: the Harvard Board of Selectman approved the MRC’s new route for the Ken Harrod Memorial Road Race this past Tuesday nigh March 3rd. Coupled with that we already had the approval of the Harvard Police, Littleton Police, and Littleton Board of Selectman, our race is fully approved by the locals!

The race will be held on Saturday, May 30th, 2015, and will include a men’s P/1/2 field! Follow this link to register now:
https://www.bikereg.com/ken-harrod-memorial-road-race-2015

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The new course will start northeast out of Harvard Center, down a quick descent along Littleton road, taking competitors over several rolling hills towards Littleton Station where they loop around and head southwestand up a challenging climb that should be familiar to many locals: Oak Hill/Old Littleton road. After that effort, there’s not much rest as the course turns left on Pinnacle and up a short punchy climb to the highest elevation in the race. A right turn onto Oak Hill Road past Carlson Orchards then down a super fast descent followed by a 10% climb back into town for the Start/Finish.

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MRC Roars Back With The Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Festival

The Minuteman Road Club is pleased to announce the Harvard Firefighters Association Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Festival p/b the MRC on Saturday May 31, 2014 in Harvard, MA. The Festival will include BOTH a USAC sanctioned road race AND a bike ride both of which will benefit the Harvard Firefighters’ Association. Registration is now open for both the race and the ride.

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Those familiar with the road race the Minuteman Road Club has hosted for the last 19 years will appreciate the similarities and differences this new venue offers. The approximately 10 mile course loops clockwise out of Harvard Center and rolls over some of the 495/Metro-West area’s most familiar climbs. (You can see the course in this Strava Segment). The race course will challenge competitors as they climb Westcott and then Warner Road to the highest point in the loop then after a brief descent, back to climbing on Green Road. This is followed by a rapid descent to Still River Road where two more gradual longer climbs await – the second of which brings racers back to the start/finish in the center of town.

Registration is now open for the race: https://www.bikereg.com/ken-harrod-memorial-road-race and closes May 28th, 2014 at 5pm.

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DiBattista Tops Podium at 2013 Purgatory RR Cat4 35+

Minuteman Road Club’s Rob DiBattista raced to the top spot in the Mens 35+ Cat 4 heat of Green Line Velo’s 2013 Purgatory Road Race on a hot and sunny June 9th Sunday in Sutton, MA.

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DiBattista powering up Lackey for the final push to victory.

Rob’s plan was to sit in the field and reserve everything for the final run up Lackey Road but his competitors kept pushing the pace and stringing out the pack. Teammate Jacob Lipcon buried himself several times in support, chasing down the breaks that tried to get away after each of these surges began to subside.

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19th Annual Sterling Classic Results Include an MRC Podium

The Sterling Classic Road Race returned for it’s 19th year on a day that early forecasts hinted at a return of the biblical weather of 2010 yet it turned out to be merely cloudy, a little damp and the perfect temperature for racing.

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MRC Members PJ McQuade, Chris Pare and Doug Kennedy lead the Mens Cat 3 field up Meetinghouse to start their first lap.

 

Nine fields of racers made their way around the hilly 8 mile course throughout the day with marshaling and pace car support from volunteers who were not only members of the Minuteman Road Club but other clubs, residents of the Town of Sterling and Boy Scout Troop 189. Also on hand was the team of SRAM Neutral Race Support vehicles and their drivers, ready to supply racers in need of a wheel or a bike.

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The 19th Annual Sterling Classic Road Race – May 11, 2013

Registration opens on BikeReg TOMORROW, Monday February 25, 2013!

 

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Overview:

2013 marks the 19th running of the Sterling Classic Road Race, a longtime highlight of the New England road racing calendar. Many competitors tag this as their first “A” race of the season and look forward to its combination of short punchy climbs, serpentine rollers and the notorious uphill finish.

Drawing competition from through out New England and beyond, the Sterling Classic Road Race offers a challenge for both beginners and Pro alike. Cat 5 men and Cat 4 women compete in 3 lap heats that provide great experience in pack racing without the high intensity and close quarters of a crit. Mid-morning brings distances of 40 and 48 miles for Mens Cat 4 and Masters racers, respectively.

More info on our race flyer!

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For more experienced racers, whose fields race for longer distances (80 miles/10 laps for the Men Pro 1/2 and 48 miles/6 laps for the Women Pro 1/2/3), the challenge expands to managing endurance, team tactics as well as the recurring climbing efforts will come into play as they compete for a spot on the Nature Valley Cycling Team. The Sterling Classic is also part of the NEBRA ranking series.

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Course Description:

The Sterling Classic Road Race is held in downtown Sterling, MA. The course consists of an 8-mile course through rolling quintessential New England roads. With a two-mile neutral start from the Chocksett Middle School, racers will roll into downtown Sterling and up to the Start/Finish line on Meetinghouse Hill Rd.

Meetinghouse Hill Rd. will turn into Rowley Hill Rd. and continue to climb to the highest point on the circuit. At this point racers will position themselves for several miles of descent on Heywood Rd and then North Row Rd. At the Bottom of North Row Rd. racers will take a right onto Rt. 12.

On Rt. 12 just before coming back into downtown Sterling, racers will once again begin jockeying for position prior to the steepest climb on the course. Once racers take a right onto Meeting House Hill Rd. the fight to keep contact will begin right up through the Start/Finish line and onto Rowley Hill Rd.

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