On Sunday, Bike Doctor p/b DigiSource sent a small contingent down to Williamsburg to kick off the 2012 road season. Representing in the 123 race were Warner, Shelby, Cordova & Gill. In the 3 /4 race, were Ramos, Bickling, Browne & Morrison. Everyone was excited to stretch the legs and get some good early season racing in during a beautiful spring day.
And now for the nitty gritty details. The 123 crew just barely got to the start line in time and were casually waiting, unclipped, some standing by their bikes when the official blew the start whistle…and that’s how the first race of the season starts!
The guys played things conservative working to cover moves that made sense in the early laps. The first real move of the day developed on the 3rd lap of 7 when a group of 8 was given a pretty long leash. With Shelby in the move, the remaining Bike Doctor riders turned their focus toward looking for key moves that wanted to get across. That opportunity came on the 6th lap when Warner went with a hard move of approximately 9 riders which quickly worked its way up to the break.
As the break now swelled to 15+ riders, cooperation and desire within the break began to diverge as expected. The large break started the bell lap as one happy family, but the field was agitated behind. The chase was on.
With ~5 miles to go, Warner launched a test-the-waters attack that was brought back, but nobody countered. So with ~5k, Warner launched the “Hail Mary”. A Cutaway rider quickly bridged up to him from the lead group. Both rider’s were committed and absolutely destroying themselves to stay away. Shortly thereafter, the field put the stranglehold to the break and were steam-rolling after the two riders up the road. It was going to be a nail biter.
Cordova, Gill and now Shelby were positioned well for a tow to the line from the chasing field. Warner and the Cutaway rider made it to the base of the finish climb, but Warner’s gas tank hit empty as the front of the field caught him with 300 meters to go. A very impressive display of finishing power by the Cutaway rider as we believe he held on for 2nd.
As the field roared up the finish stretch, Cordova provided Gill and Shelby a terrific lead out wheel which netted 7th & 8th. Two Team Bike Doctor rider’s in the top 10…we’ll take it!
In the 3 /4 race, Team Bike Doctor wasn’t able to secure a result, but for Morrison and Ramos, it was good to be back out in the field again after an injury plagued 2011. And for our junior Browne, it was his first 3 /4 race. So now he has a taste for racing with a large field with yellow line fever. All were happy to make it through unscathed and intact…always a good thing.
Special thanks to the William & Mary Cycling team for organizing the event. Great venue for an early season race!
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