I am pleased to announce that I will be racing with the Lupus Racing Team this season. The team is based out of Atlanta, GA and is dedicated to raising awareness of the autoimmune disease and increasing funding through the Lupus Foundation of America. I’m happy to be again racing for a team that supports such an amiable cause and look forward to doing my part in raising awareness, both on and off the bike!
In non-racing news, I have finally made it back down to Florida after a solid month of racing with the team. While I was away, my first industry products were being made, and we finally got to pick them up today. I’m stoked with how everything turned out! I’m now looking forward to the next round of production and the next string of racing.
A little recap from the team:
This past week the United Healthcare of Georgia 706 Project cycling team participated in the Georgia Cycling GP. This race was an omnium over 5 days with 6 stages.
This past weekend we again had split squads racing at Tulsa Tough, the SC State Road Race and the Johnson City Omnium. In Johnson City, we had a small squad, consisting of Andy Scarano, Max Robb, and Myself. Sully wasn’t able to make it to the race after being sick all week. The Johnson City Omnium is a tough race with the road race finishing on a 7 mile climb, a hilly time trial, and a tight technical crit.
The road race started aggressively with a flurry of attacks within the first five miles. Andy rode into a break with some of the stronger riders in the field in the first hilly section of the course. This was the winning break that stayed away for the remainder of the race. The field was still motivated and attacks to bridge kept coming, which held the break within two minutes. I attacked with Brian Sheedy and Nick Jowsey and we were able to bridge up to the break on the final highway segment before the climb. The break all started the climb together and it slowly split up on the slopes. Jimmy Schurman (Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes) got away from me on the climb for the win. I took second for the second year in a row and Andy rode strong up the climb after being in the break all day for 6th. Max had a solid finishing climb to finish with the field. The Raleigh bikes handled the climb well, being both light and stiff, especially with the complete Thomson cockpits and Masterpiece seatposts.
In the time trial, Brian Sheedy took the win and I again took second by less than a second. I now had the overall lead in the omnium heading into the downtown crit. The tight, technical crit started off quickly. Andy and I moved to the front with a light rain beginning to fall. About twenty minutes in, it started to downpour, making the course super slick and causing several crashes. The Kenda Tires hooked up well in the rain on our Industry Nine race wheels. I was able to make the split of six riders off the front, including Sheedy, who was sitting in second in the omnium. Our break lapped the field with seven laps remaining, and despite several attacks, it came down to a field sprint. Chris Uberti (UCI CT: Team SmartStop p/b Mountain) took the win and I sprinted to 5th and Andy took 11th. I held enough points to win the overall GC over Sheedy and Uberti. Andy finished the omnium in a solid 7th. Another great weekend of racing for the team! Here’s a link to the local paper’s write-up of the race.
This past weekend we had squads racing across the country. I raced the SB&T Albany race weekend. This was the first race of the SRS series and there were good turnouts for the races, with around 75 riders in each field. The weekend began with the 75 min. downtown Albany crit. Our team consisted of Brendan Cornett, Winston David, Max Robb, and myself.
The race started off a little on the slower side, so I put in a solo move on the second lap. I was reeled in three laps later. Once the field was all back together, the attacks started. We had at least on rider represented in every move and about half way through the race, I got away in a group of six racers. This was to be the winning move, despite the gap dropping to within ten seconds at one point. Winston and Brendan worked to shut down the field to help us stay away. With three laps to go, I attacked the break, but was caught half a lap later, so I went again with two laps to go. This time I was able to hold of the chasing break and take the win ahead of Andy Crater (Finish Strong) and Oleg Tanovitchi (Iron Data).
On Sunday, we had an early morning road race of 91 miles. Team Finish Strong went to the front and proceeded to control the race for the first two laps of the three. The we put in a few moves, but nothing was sticking, so we held off for the final lap. After the final KOM, the we started attacking and countering each move. Nothing stuck, however, so the we had to gear up for the field sprint. There was a big crash with 1 km to go, but the team all managed to avoid it and Brendan sprinted to a solid 6th place and Winston took 8th. All in all we raced great together and I got to pop bottles on the podium.
Got a new set of the Stormtroopered out Kenda Kaliente Pros to celebrate the day. Thanks Kenda Tire!