Where to start here? There are just so many great things to write about during our weekend in Luray. It’s probably fitting to start with this fella, Chris Gould.
Promoter Extraordinaire – Chris Gould
How in the world this guy manages to find the energy, creativity and drive to put together a thrilling event is beyond our comprehension. There is just no way Team Bike Doctor wouldn’t be there to support and contest this jewel of a race. A team member summed it best by saying, “Whenever I come to Luray for a race, I always have such a great time that it feels like I was here for a week by the time I leave.”
After witnessing one of the most powerful storms we’ve seen in a long time whip through Luray on Friday night, it wasn’t much of a shock to find out on Saturday that the road race was cancelled. Yes, it was a bummer after seeing how cool the road course was, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. What better way to roll with the punches than spend some time at the pool doing stupid tricks and having a few beers. We present Exhibit A.
Rest Day at Tour of Page County from Peter Warner on Vimeo.
Fun at the pool
Number pick up at the Ride for Art Gallery
After going to bed praying that another storm wouldn’t rip through during the night, we were greeted to beautiful skies at the start of the Time Trial. A fun 9 mile rolling out and back course. The team produced some excellent times in the 1/2/3 race with Scott Giles placing 3rd, Pete Custer 6th and Nicholas Taylor 11th. Frank Ramos placed 5th in the ¾ race.
The next event on tap following at 11 a.m. was the downtown Luray Criterium. There is no faking your way through this course. There are no flukes. The strongest come out to play and force the action. Our junior, Emir Crnovic, kicked things off by placing 9th in the Cat 5 race, his first ever crit race. Maybe we’ll make a racer out of him, yet? Here’s a little video to give you some perspective of just how challenging this race is.
Emir at Tour of Page County – Luray Crit from Peter Warner on Vimeo.
At 2 p.m., the 1/2/3 race kicked off in some sweltering conditions. As the field continued to whittle down, Scott Giles made his move with a few others to try and reel in a flying Ryan Mckinney of DC Velo. With 1st and 2nd from the TT still with the field, the team worked hard to keep chasers at bay. In the end, Mckinney maintained his advantage over the Giles’ led chase group but Giles was able secure 2nd place on the day. It was a great result which led to some nervous anticipation prior to the official GC results. Did Mckinney gain enough time to leap frog Giles? Did Giles gain enough time on 1st and 2nd to leap frog into 1st? It was mindboggling attempting to figure it all out. Taylor and Custer finished strong as well, taking 9th & 10th place respectively.
In the end, Giles came home 2nd on GC. Mckinney’s stellar ride was just too much to overcome. It was a hard fought battle with some great drama at end. Can’t ask for a more fitting end to an excellent event!
Here’s the great podium shot of some first class racers (Not often you get the chance to share the podium with a rising star in American cycling):
Podium- Scott Giles 2nd on GC
Again, Team Bike Doctor would like thank Chris and everyone involved in helping make this past weekend so fantastic. And to the Town of Luray and Page County, we love coming to visit and appreciate you having us. We hope this becomes an annual tradition!