Date: March 26, 2011
Description: Road Race
Cat 2 Men: 9th - James Bender
Cat 3 Men: 3rd - Alex Telitsine
Cat 3 Women: 7th - Suzie Kauper
Cat 4 Men: 6th - Jed Barden
Masters Men 30+ 1/2/3: 2nd - Martin Criminale
5th - Greg Kauper
Masters 30+ 1/2/3 Race Report:
With Cherry Bomb a week out it was pretty important to get a race in with the T-Print Master Squad. So we all rallied, and drove south thru the rain and cold to Rochester.
Pre race plan, Ryan- don’t drop us on the hills.
Dave H. flatted in the morning race and decided to wait and race with the “young” guys in the afternoon. Apparently, he got a little antsy waiting, because… as the neutral honk blew, Dave was off and flying. “See ya later Dave”!
Two laps later, Dave was among us again. “Thanks Dave”! “Hope you're ready to race”. Martin and Greg had it pretty easy thanks to Dave and had a hard time containing themselves. As soon as Dave was in the pack again, Martin attacked. He was marked pretty well but he had a lot more in his legs and was just testing the pack.
As we headed into the big hill for the last time the climbers took off, their last attempt to get a gap on the big guys. Martin and Greg gave each other the, “hang in there” nod. Dave amazingly was right there too. We got gapped off a small pack of leaders at the top of the climb, Greg grabbed a handful of gears over the top and hit the gas for all it was worth. He knew he had to catch, and fast. It took him until the turn at the bottom of the hill to pull it off, but it was DONE. Thanks Cervelo and Zipp, dang that’s a fast bike! He's B- A-C-K. Right behind Greg is Martin. Sweet, time to attack!
Martin and Greg traded attacks, testing the pack and seeing who was still able to respond. Andrew Martin attacked again and Martin hit the gas in pursuit. This looked promising!
Greg got to the front with a Bike Saler and took inventory of who was responding, Garage and a few solo riders. This was it! As the solo or duo riders went off the front, it was obvious they could not catch the two big men. Alex R. made a few attempts to bridge. Greg really wanted third but realized that if he let Alex go his team would help dissuade the dangerous moves and he would be a distraction for the pack from Martin’s move. As we rolled across the last bridge before the finish we knew Martin had 1st or 2nd. Greg was in great position at the lamest handwritten ZOOM sign e-v-e-r. He went around several riders and got second in the field sprint, 5th overall.
Death Proof Martin got 2nd.
As you all know by now Ryan Dean attempted to help a road crew clean up a section of the IVRR course on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was during the race, and he put himself in the ditch shoulder first. Tough love Stunt Man Mike