Tanner had a great start taking the lead in the first turn only to have his chain break. He was forced to run about a mile to the pit and change to a borrowed bike (thank you Steve Cummings). By the time he was back on the bike he was in last place by a few minutes. He managed to go from 17th to 3rd in one and a half laps with an impressive performance. “I thought I’d have a hard time riding after the run to the pit” Tanner said, “but I got on the bike and felt pretty good”. Tanner salvaged an otherwise bad day with a great ride and 3rd place.
Team Bike Doctor had another great weekend of racing at DCCX in Washington, DC, with racers representing in many categories. Tanner Brown did something unusual this weekend: he didn’t win! 3rd place on the day in the Junior 10-14 race, and some fuel for next weeks’ fire. In the Master’s 3/4, “Dr. B” Todd Bickling secured his rightful spot in the top 10 with another 7th. I mean seriously Todd, when are you going to stop goofing around and win one of these things? Geez! Over in the Mens 3/4 Sunny Gill and Steve Fife did their best to capitalize on their 2nd row call up. Sunny moved up through the field into 15th, while Fife went backwards from 4th on the first lap, to 20th at the finish. “Great course, just wasn’t my day” was the reason pulled from Fife’s deep bag of excuses. Finally, Evan Ellicott posted a top 20 in the Master’s 1/2/3 and also seemed to be suffering from Fife’s same excuse. 16th is nothing to be bummed about though, and true to Ellicott’s fashion, beers were in hand shortly after he finished. Post race chilling, frittes and beer were soaked up, as well as the great vibe that DCCX has to offer. Looking forward to next week’s All Hallow’s Cross, and making up for any excuses!
The 56 mile hilly-to-rolling time trial through Howard County was no match for Cliff as he put in the 3rd fastest bike split and earned a podium spot in the Clydesdale.
This report comes in a week late because the hilly half-marathon that followed such a time trial (255W avg power for over 2.5 hours) put the Bike Doctor Big Boy in the hurt locker for several days.
Team Bike Doctor scored several riders in the top ten in many categories at the Hyattsville CX race put on by Route 1 Velo on Sunday. Starting things off right, Tanner Brown won another Junior race before jumping in with the C race to get his first taste of racing with the big kids. In the Master’s B race, Todd “Bottle Rocket” Bickling got in with the lead group on the first lap, and placed a very respectable 7th across the finish line proving once again he is consistent. Next up, Sunny Gil and Steve Fife lined up on the second row of call ups for the Men’s B race. Last week, Gil and Fife had a great battle on the last lap with Greg Faber from NCVC, with Gil coming out on top for 10th place, while Fife followed in 12th. This week, the same 3 riders got together mid race and the Bike Doctor boys had more firepower. Fife eventually pulled away as Sunny sat on Faber before finishing him off at the end. Fife rolled in 8th, and Gil followed shortly after in 9th. And finally, Evan Ellicott put in a great effort in the Master’s elite race that saw him make the initial selection of the front group. After a few laps, Ellicott settled in to 4th, and held it all the way to the end. All the Bike Doctor “Cross” guys are having a blast, looking forward to the rest of the remaining season, and will be hunting for more top 10’s!
Tanner won the junior men 10-14 cyclocross race in style with a solo victory and a minute gap to a hotly contested 2nd and third placing by Team Artemis and Team Coppi. This is Tanners fourth MABRA cross win. Tanner took part in the C mens race at 0900. It was his first venture into the mens race and with 100 participants he managed to come in 59th. Not bad for 13 years old. He will continue to double up on race day in order to be better prepared for the MABRA Championship race at the end of November.
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We’d like to thank Winston’s for their generous support. Hopefully, the extra heat on the legs will motivate us to go just that much faster and help continue our winning ways throughout the next couple months! Come find us at the MABRA Cross races if you want to check out the goods and check out their website at http://www.winstonsbrand.com/ for more info, blog, and shopping.
It was a great weekend of racing and two very different courses. Hagerstown was muddy and required a lot of power to navigate. Winchester was a very long course, but dry and fast with one very steep, long run up. Tanner Browne managed to sweep the weekend with two wins against some great junior riders. Next week at Hyattsville, Tanner will race both the “C” men and Juniors race.