Saturday, 28 May – BikeJam/Kelly Cup:
Pierce, RJ, and Andrew lined up for the 3/4 race on Baltimore’s twisty course, infamous for a chicane feeding on to a mild start/finish incline. The racing was aggressive and fast, and the weather, well, really hot. After 20 miles of racing, Andrew posted a DNF, RJ a pack result, and Pierce eeked in to the top ten after factoring in to the field sprint.
Monday, 30 May – Tour of Somerville:
Andrew went up to jersey for a fast, flat, four corner crit. Another raced noted that the racing in years past had been very aggressive and dangerous – this year turned out to be no different. Hardly the stage for a new 3 with shaken confidence from the previous race’s poor result. The course was wide open everywhere, with the exception of, perhaps, a slightly narrow turn three, which lead to some creative riding. The term “inside suicide” comes to mind, and there was no shortage of riders willing to put their bars in between another rider and the inside barriers when the bikes leaned over. With a hundred starters – all of whom were strong and hoping to do well in front of their NRC counterparts – the goal was simply to come home upright with the field and get some confidence back. The race came down to a one big mass sprint, which saw Andrew place barely in the money with 18th, and safe.
The volume of crashing this weekend, with what seemed to be bad crashes in every single field of both events, had more riders than not appear to have gone to a war zone than a bike race. Although it’s tough to call an end to a string of podium finishes running all the way back to February, we’re happy that all our riders came home 100% in tact. We live to race another day. Stay tuned for Ride Sally Ride next weekend.