It was a busy weekend for Team Bike Doctor. On Saturday, several team members headed over to Cambridge, MD to put their time trial fitness to the test at the Church Creek 40k Time Trial. Given the distance, heat, potential wind and very strong competition, the Church Creek time trial course always requires a high degree of motivation and good legs. There’s just no faking your way through it. Many hearts have been broken and lay by the roadside on the final 10ks of this course.
Nicholas Taylor led the elite team with a scorching time of 52:20 which placed him in 2nd place. All of the guys put in powerful performances which will hopefully serve as a solid confidence boost as we enter the summer time trial season.
Thank you to the ABRT team for continuing to promote a top notch event!
Also on Saturday, Nick Vita headed up to Pennsylvania to test his legs at the category 2/3 Mount Joy Road Race. Vita overcame some mechanical challenges along the way but fought to re-attach to the field. It’s a good thing he did! With one rider stealing the show off the front, Vita hung tough and showed his sprinting prowess by taking the field sprint for 2nd. The team is hoping this is a good sign of things to come from Vita as he’s been battling various injuries the past few months.
On Sunday, the team was excited to head down to Charlottesville, VA for the Miller School Road Race. The race is hosted by the Miller School of Albemarle Endurance Team and Blue Wheel Bicycles. The race is a marquee event since it serves as the Age-Graded MABRA and Virginia Road Race Championship. Lots of marbles up for grabs here and the competition is always tough. Ruth Storneta and her team do an amazing job. The course is demanding. The winding roads are beautiful as the riders traverse the surrounding countryside. And who doesn’t love a rolling enclosure?! Igda Warner shared a photo album of the day’s action: CLICK HERE
In the Masters 45+, Pete Warner represented Team Bike Doctor. The race was highlighted on Warner’s calendar for awhile and he was targeting a top result. As the race progressed, the intensity increased – whittling down those in the contention. Between the challenging course profile and the selective efforts, the rubberband ultimately snapped and Warner found himself in the winning move of 4 which would go to the line. Kelly Benefits, Rick Norton, launched a long, hard sprint up the finish stretch which proved too much for Warner in the fight to the line. Although being the bridesmaid can be a bit deflating, Warner was thrilled to secure 2nd in the MABRA division and 1st for the Virginia division.
In the P/1/2/3 race, Nicholas Taylor put in an inspired ride to land himself on the podium in 2nd place. The men’s elite race saw a blistering fast start that shed much of the field in the early miles. However, similarly to Pete, he soon found himself in the winning break of 3 (later joined to make 4) that spent 40 of the nearly 80 racing miles up the road and working hard to stay away from the field.
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