Whew! What a weekend. After a week away from tarmac due to the Bakers Dozen (report still pending, sorry. -Ed), serious drop-bar fun got back underway. With two high profile, local races The Bike Lane road team came out in droves. On tap was a wet, cold, windy RGS Title Chantilly Criterium for Saturday, in which red, black, and yellow jerseys were slated to start in both the 5 and 4 men’s races. On Sunday, the Carl Dolan Memorial Circuit Race promised better weather, and starters in the 5, 3/4, and 4/5 men’s races.
Jason Ray, Ben Blanton, Tom Crenshaw, Al Hastings, and Loren Vandivere all lined up for a sloppy cat 5 event in Chantilly. Ultimately, everybody was glad to keep things upright and learn about racing in different weather conditions. In the 4 race, Pierce, Ginger, JoeP, Dave B, and Dave Barrie took the start line in pursuit of more points for Ginger’s upgrade. Tom’s KindHuman rider Greg Capelle attacked from the gun. A reticent field let him go, despite several attempts at organizing a chase effort. One Squadra Coppi rider managed to bridge, and that was the last the two leaders were seen. Spectators reported a 40 second gap. Windy conditions on the back side of the course compressed the field, while the slick roads and active precipitation made things very dicey. Everybody came home safely. Pierce delivered another flawless leadout to Ginger, who won the field sprint for third place. Proving his hardman status, Pierce retained fourth place. Mission accomplished.
Sunday’s windy, uphill finish favored a very strong, smart rider. If a well-organized team could control things on the kilometer long grade into the finish, they’d have a good shot at the win.
In the morning, Loren showed that he learned from the previous day’s 5 race, and brought home a 2nd place finish in the cat 5 field. Wound up on excitement, he immediately registered for the 4/5 race. In the mean time, the 3/4 race went off with JoeP, Andrew (Ginger), Dave Barrie, RJ, and Pierce. Unfortunately, the team had to take things as a learning experience, as it didn’t come together very well. Pierce rode a never-say-die atttitude in to a very strong 13th place finish (4th among the cat 4’s). The rest of the team regrouped and turned around to line up for the immediately-following 4/5 race.
A solid plan resulted in a finish a lot like Richmond: coming out of the last corner, JoeP dug deep and passed the leadout off to Loren, who continued to string things out up the hill, then handed the reigns over to Andrew. Pierce rode the leadout to maximum effect and came around at just the right moment – first across the line in style!
At the Fair Hill mountain bike race, Jay rode a strong race to finish 33rd in a field of 80+ Sport/40-49 racers.
In addition, Liz and Joe raced the REV3 Adventure Race Series Low Water Bridge/Shenandoah River State Park “Epic Adventure” and placed second in their class.
Great weekend to fly The Bike Lane team colors! Congrats to all!