Winston Salem UCI 1.2 Road Race

20 Apr

This Friday, we took part in the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, a UCI 1.2 road race. Our squad consisted of Jimmy, Winston, Oliver, Buddy, Stephan, Oleg, Igor, myself, and Jan as the Director. The course was hilly and wove through downtown Winston-Salem and the surrounding neighborhoods for 171km. Each of the 15 laps had a 10+% stair stepped climb in it, which did a number on the field. For those who want to watch the race or pieces of it, here is the link.

The race started out fast from the gun with the first 3 or 4 laps seemingly flat out. We were represented at the front with Buddy, Winston, and Jimmy going with a few moves. Jimmy ultimately made a solid break which stayed away for a good portion of the race, but was reeled in eventually.  The winning move of ~20 riders got away after this move and we were out of position to respond to it.

The Climb - I'm 223

The Climb – I’m 233

Winston, Oliver, and I went with a few moves at this point, but nothing stuck. Heading into the last lap, I bridged to a chase group after the final climb, through the start/finish line. Here is the clip. I made it to the group, however we were later caught on the fast highway section. The final time up the climb, the remainder of the field shredded and finished in smaller groups, with our top placing being 43rd for the race.  I rolled in with this group at 47th.  Not quite the result I was hoping for, but this was a tough one. Just about half of the 190+ man field didn’t finish. As always I’m grateful to all the team and all the sponsors for making it all possible! Looking forward to the Joe Martin NRC race coming up this Thursday in Arkansas.

San Dimas Stage Race

31 Mar

I’m at 30,000 plus feet in the air right now, heading back to Sarasota, FL. This was a bit of whirlwind trip to California for the San Dimas stage race. I am so grateful to my Lupus Racing Team for giving us the opportunity to come out to the race and for all of the support. My teammates, Winston, Jimmy, and Oliver came out for the race as well.

My Aunt was in town visiting before the race and left a little good luck charm for me.

Going to California

Going to California

The weather was great the whole week. Always a little cooler than the southeast, but a nice break from the heat. We flew into LAX and had host housing with Melissa and her husband, David. A huge thanks to them for opening their home to all of us.

Made It!

Made It!

Always a Welcome Sight

Always a Welcome Sight

After flying in on Wednesday, Jimmy and I took a nice easy spin around the Sunset Loop circuit from the Redlands race. It was nice to see the course again in a much calmer setting. Thursday was the GMR TT recon day. We pre-drove, and then pre-rode the course to get the feeling for the climb again. We had the rental van jam packed the whole week.

GMR Recon

GMR Recon

GMR View

GMR View

Onto the racing. I had a good ride in the uphill TT and finished 36th. A few spots lower than the last year, but still solid.

TT Pain Face

TT Pain Face

The road race was significantly less eventful than the previous year, however the first few laps were still pretty hairy. It’s always odd how the field is coned off to one lane for about 2 or 3 miles. The field always seems too big for the course and that’s what makes things dicey. The field split and came back together a few times through the race, but on the final lap, a break of 10 riders got clear on the final climb. They finished ahead of my group of around 30 riders and the field came in a short time after. This moved me up to 34th on GC. Not a huge jump, but consistent results.

Rear Tire Post Road Race

Rear Tire Post Road Race

I locked up the rear tire in one of the incidents in the first few laps of the road race, and couldn’t get a spare wheel before the crit. I guess this is the price you pay for traveling with tubulars. Needless to say, I didn’t have all that much confidence in my rear tire, so I rode the crit a bit gingerly. It was a wide open, six turn, flowing course which I floated to a field finish. I was same time as the group and moved up another spot on GC to finish the race at 33rd overall. Not too bad of a showing for the first big race of the season. After the race, we got to enjoy the rest of the evening in Redlands. Burritos, a beer, and some Oreos were the rewards for completing the stage race.

I’m now setting my sights on the Joe Martin stage race with the team. It will be another attempt at a tough uphill time trial, and another chance to race with the big teams.

Team Bikes Are In!

10 Feb

I am extremely excited about our new team bikes for the season. We will be on Scott Foil 15s with Ultegra Di2. I’m a little late in getting this post up as I’ve had the bile assembled for a week now and raced it up in Dade City, FL this past weekend. The Foil rides brilliantly, even on the bumpy, chip seal pavement at the race!

It's Here!

It’s Here!

Unboxed

Unboxed

Scott sends these bikes out pretty well assembled. Just a few pieces to bolt on and it was ready to go. Thank you to Chris at Pinnacle Wheel Works for helping with the assembly and dialing in the Di2.

Team Bike Built Up

Team Bike Built Up

A huge thanks to the Lupus Racing Team for supplying such a nice ride for the season!

 

First Race of the Season

9 Feb

This last weekend I raced in the Historic Dade City race weekend. This was my first event for the Lupus Racing Team (LRT). The event consisted of a rolling road race and a technical, downtown crit. I had my teammate Buddy Spafford racing with me in the cold and rainy road race. After a few good attacks and counters, Buddy finally got into a two man break on the third of four laps. Unfortunately, the big teams were looking to set the race up for a sprint, so the move was reeled in and the rest of the race was controlled to keep attacks at bay. Coming into the final hill and straight away, I made a move to get up into the sprint and ended up taking it to the line with the sprinters for 9th. Not too bad for a climber-type rider.

Fortunately, the weather cleared up for the crit on Sunday. This course is a lot of fun to race with brick sections, a chicane, and a big sweeping corner before the line. With Buddy heading back home to NC the night before, I was left to represent LRT by myself. With the legs opened from the day before, I made a few early moves, but nothing stuck. Right at the half way point, I got up the road with another rider. We stayed away for a few laps, but ultimately were brought back into the fold. With seven laps to go I followed a move and ended up in a three man break. We held this for four laps until we were bridged to by a group of six or seven riders. I held third wheel through the last lap and came out of the final corner in the same position. In the sprint, I was out kicked by two riders to finish in a solid 5th. All in all a good way to kick off the season.

New Team for 2014

3 Jan

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!

The Atlanta Based Team

The Atlanta Based Team

My First Industry Product

2 Aug

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.
Hawk Racing Production

Georgia Cycling GP

29 Jul

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.

The first stage was a 50 mile circuit race on the 2.5 mile hilly Road Atlanta Circuit. Attacks started from the gun and never stopped. After about a half hour of racing a 10 man break formed that included Shawn Gravois, Winston David, and Alexey Schmidt. The group worked together well for a while With about 15 miles to go the break started attacking itself and Shawn and Alexey made a front group of 6. With 2 miles to go this group splintered to 4 riders with Shawn making the selection. With 1 mile to go Shawn attacked, but was caught by the other riders. Thomas Brown took the win over Calixto Bello and Mike Stone. Shawn rolled home in 4th, Alexey was 5th, and Winston beat his group for 7th.
Stage 2 was a 60 mile circuit race on a 3 mile circuit. This race also started with attacks from the gun. A similar situation happened to the previous day. About 30 miles in a front group formed with Shawn Gravois, Winston David, Mike Stone, and Calixto Bello. During the last 6 miles of the race David and Gravois tried to tag team the other two riders but could not shake them. Heading into the final kilometer all the riders started looking at each other for the sprint. Gravois lead out the sprint. Calixto Bello passed him for first, Mike Stone came in second, and Winston David came in third.
Stage 3 was a 70 mile road race on a 10 mile rolling circuit. Calixto Bello attacked at kilometer zero and a 10 man group formed that contained 706 Project teammate David Goodman. This move got a maximum gap of 2 minutes. With 40 miles to go Team Novo Nordisk started setting pace on the front. With 20 miles to go the entire breakaway was caught except Calixto Bello. With 15 miles to go Mike Stone attacked with a Novo Nordisk rider. Winston David bridged the gap but skipped pulls in order to protect Shawn’s omnium position. David, Stone, and the Novo Nordisk rider came close to Bello but couldn’t close the gap. With 2 kilometers to go Gravois bridged up to the second group. With 1 k to go he got a gap but Mike Stone closed it. A Novo Nordisk rider led out the sprint but Stone and David came by him for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Gravois came home in 5th.
Stage 4 was an 8 mile time trial on rolling terrain. David and Gravois put in solid times of 16:32 and 16:41 respectively to take 1st and 2nd over Oleg Tanovitchi who rode a 17:20.
TT
Stage 5 was a flat 6 turn 90 minute night time criterium in Covington Georgia. The team wanted to possibly help Gravois and David get into the overall lead but the main objective was to win the crit. Mike Stone was all over Gravois and David and would not let them get up the road. After 30 minutes of racing Andy Scarano, Daniel Holt, and Brendan Cornett were able to slip away into a move of 10 riders. With about 30 minutes to race they took a lap. David, Gravois, David Goodman and Alexey Schmidt patrolled the front to neutralized attacks and set pace. No riders were allowed to slip away and the United Healthcare of Georgia/ 706 Project was able to take a 1,2,3 with Daniel Holt, Brendan Cornett, and Andy Scarano. It was a great team effort.
Crit
The final stage was a 50 mile circuit race that consisted of 25 laps on a relatively flat 2 mile circuit. David and Gravois attacked a lot early in the race but the Lupus team of Mike Stone would not let them get a gap and gradually 2 or 3 riders would slip up the road. These groups of 2 riders eventually became 25 with a large gap. The 706 Project got David Goodman and Andy Scarano in the break. David and Gravois sat in the field all race because any of their attacks were neutralized and all omnium points were up the road. Scarano finished the stage in 11th place. After the final stage David and Gravois finished the omnium in third and 4th place respectively.
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