On the second annual Mountain Massacree, the race started off with a 3 man break that held a strong lead all the way to the final climb up Limestone. With the help of Nicholas and Matias, the three BD riders drove the field and kept the gap to the break within reach. Spivack attacked up the final climb up Limestone, passed all of the day’s break, and nearly dropped all of his competitors. Spivack took second on the day behind the winner from the 5-man Battley Ducati team, with Nicholas and Matias slotting in 8th and 12th, respectively.
I’ve been riding these shoes for a good portion of the season now and wanted to offer up a real-world, on-the-road review. My primary brand preference has been SIDI up until now, although I’ve also worn shoes from Fizik and LG in recent years. SIDIs, while hard to stomach the price tag, hold up very well and are spot on for me as far as fit is concerned. However, I was definitely looking forward to branching out. I wear a size 45 in SIDI and found the size 44.5 to be a similarly snug fit with Shimano.
This past Sunday Team Bike Doctor gathered up the crew to race in Suitland, MD at the 14th Annual Bunny Hop Criterium hosted by the Artemis Cycling Team. After suffering a deluge of wet weather this past week, it was refreshing to bask in the sunshine and soak up the sun. As always, Artemis doesn’t mess around. With Joe Jefferson on the microphone, a Sticky Fingers food truck in the lot, some tunes rippling through the air along with a pretty darn good crowd, the stage was set for a fun day!
Early in the day, Giles and Bickling mounted up for the Masters race. Giles hit the podium in 2nd after a long two man breakaway. Bickling sprinted for 8th out of the field. Next up, Chamberlain and Fife got busy in the Masters ¾ race. Chamberlain put in some strong work to keep the field together and Fife was able to take 7th in the field sprint.
In the elite race, given the fast, non-technical nature of the course and the speed of the field, breakaways weren’t going anywhere no matter how hard everyone tried. Taylor positioned himself well going into the final gallup to the line where he finished 3rd in a hotly contested sprint finish. Also, a special thank you to Artemis and their sponsor’s for some GREAT primes. Custer garnered one prime which was a $50 gift card courtesy of Revolution Cycles and Giles nabbed the “gambler” prime, a super nice G-Shock watch courtesy of Amilcar Samudio at Pikesville Jewelry & Coin Exchange. Artemis always comes up with great primes and it is always appreciated! Thank you for promoting a terrific race.