Bruno Neto, who has been knocking on the door of a ‘W’ all year, finally broke through with that elusive win at the Wilmington Gran Prix 3/4 race held in Wilmington, Delaware on May 21st.
On the heels of his 2nd place finish at last week’s Leonardtown Criterium, Neto was full of confidence going against a strong Mid-Atlantic field, many of whom got shredded off the back as the pace quickened each lap.
Bruno played it smart by staying up front out of trouble. He waited for the perfect time to make his move as he was the only Bike Doctor representing this criterium. Late in the race, Neto saw the win slipping through his fingers as a break of two was up the road. He bridged up to the break, worked with them a bit, and went right on through to take a decisive victory.
We aren’t sure if Bruno touched up his mullet for the podium shot but we are looking for ‘product’ sponsors. He’s the only guy that wears two helmets during a race.
Team Bike Doctor represented this weekend at two of MABRA’s most popular races; The Poolesville Road Race and the Leonardtown Criterium.
Alex Weiler and Bruno Neto Cross the Line 1, 2 at Leonardtown
Bruno Neto, Robb Hampton, Mike Patrakis and Mike Schiender lined up for the Category 3/4 race at the NCVC sponsored Poolesville Road Race, a 53 mile rolling road race featuring 1.2 miles of dirt/gravel each lap. By the time Hampton punctured (bitter!!) on lap two, Bike Doctor was down to one. Neto fended for himself, not risking a bridge attempt on the final lap. He used his sprint to take third in the field sprint finishing 6th overall.
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The following day, several fresh legs showed up for the return of a MABRA classic, The Leonardtown Criterium, hosted by Patuxant Velo. This main feature of this course features a 120 degree uphill turn dubbed “the corner you love to hate.”
Team Bike Doctor saw several results for the day. First, junior cylcocross superstar, Tanner Browne scored 2nd in the juniors race. In the masters race, James Marsh and Frank Ramos toughed it out for 5th and 6th in a who’s who of MABRA’s seasoned vets.
The real story of the day came in the men’s 3/4 race. Team Bike Doctor lined up and did what it does best; attack. Within 5 laps, the field had been cut in half with the majority of Bike Doctor riders still intact. With 7 laps to go, Alex Weiler and Bruno Neto attacked, getting off the front. They were joined by Brigham Lumm of Arrow Bicycles/Route 1 Velo. Brigham worked well with the two but was attacked on the last lap by the Team Bike Doctor duo. Alex and Bruno crossed the line 1st and 2nd followed by Lumm. Todd Bickling took 3rd in the field sprint, on an under geared cyclocross bike for 6th overall, Frank Ramos took his second top 10 of the day with a 9th place finish and Steve Fife wrapped up the results with a solid 14th place.
A banner weekend for Team Bike Doctor. The group will not rest on it’s laurels and hopes to be equally prepared for next weekend’s double criterium weekend at Wilmington and BikeJam. More photos to come as they are available.
This past weekend, Team Bike Doctor represented the Fort Ritchie Criterium in the Masters 35, Cat 3, Masters 45, and 1/2/3 Race.
The Masters 35 Race was represented by Ian Morrison, Todd Bickling, and Robb Hampton. The story of the day was Ian Morrison off the front for the majority of the race. He got caught with 8 to go. Todd countered and Robb countered Todd’s move. In the end, it came down to a field sprint with one rider just up the road. Robb got 5th, Todd 6th, and Ian 10th.
The Cat 3 Race was filled with attacking and single-file pace. A lone rider from local elite cycling team, Harley Davidson, powered away for the win with Bike Doctor wonderkid Alex Weiler soloing in for 2nd place. Steve Fife, Bruno Neto, and Robb Hampton rolled in for 8th, 9th, and 14th.
Richard Distad and Alex Weiler represented in the 123 race. A five man break was established early in the race and held. Richard managed to sneak in a 14th place to wrap up a successful day at the races for Team Bike Doctor.
Welcome to Team Bike Doctor Racing for the 2010 Season. We are very excited to enter the blogosphere and bring you exploits from our weekly racing.
We are mainly a Cat 3 team that races on the road and cross. We do have a few over achievers that race Cat 2 but they don’t seem to mind sticking around.
Our most recent races were the Murad Road Race where Alex Weiler won and the Fort Ritchie Crit where Alex placed 2nd. The rest of the team had a banner day as well. Check out our results page if you have a chance.