On a scorching hot weekend, the Bike Doctor Racing Team sent a few folks to southern Virginia to compete in the 2nd edition of the Tour of Hampton Roads. The Tour of Hampton Roads gives riders a taste of everything the peninsula has to offer, featuring a scenic City Center Criterium in Newport News with a pancake flat course surrounded by bustling restaurants, and an 87 mile Road Race in the rolling country roads of New Kent.
In the category 3/4 race, Fife demonstrated his crit skills, staying keenly positioned all race long. The last few laps got a little dicey, knocking Fife out of an ideal position to sprint for a top placing, but he would still managed 12th place in a swarming and exciting field sprint!
The Category 1/2/3 race saw Wallace and the two Petes (Warner and Custer) line up representing Team Bike Doctor. Richmond-based powerhouse Mike Stoop conducted a clinic, riding away from the field half-way into the race and steadily increasing his gap. The team did their best to bring the race back together, but one-part being variable cooperation in the field, and two-parts Mike Stoop would end up being too tall of an order on the day. After A LOT of work, Custer would take a last ditch flyer with 4 to go, but could only muster a gap for 2 laps before a hard charging field ramped up the pace. Wallace took a shot thereafter, but he was dragged back as well. Eh, there’s always tomorrow!
Day 2 of the Tour of Hampton Roads was an absolute scorcher of a Sunday in New Kent, VA. The field rolled out of the neutral staging area looking at temperatures approaching 100 degrees, but would see some respite in the shady country roads they would race through around New Kent. With a smaller field of 16 riders starting in such tough conditions, many were hesitant to pedal hard in the early stages of the race. With the heat and the condensed peleton, the race was a balancing act of riding conservative so as not to overheat, and also not getting left behind on the many attacks and breakaway attempts. Early on Lap 2, Marcos Lazzarato and Taylor Pearman would jump away from the peleton, staring a hot and difficult 70 miles of racing in the face. Their gap quickly grew as infighting in the pack began.
By the midpoint of the race, Warner would attempt to take the race into his own hands and rocketed out of the peleton to try and begin the chase to the two leaders in earnest. By the time people knew it had happened, he was powering up the road, with only two riders managing to escape and join him.
Warner’s group would yo-yo the gap to the two leaders, but the heat took its toll on all, and Lazzarato and Pearman stayed strong all day and held their lead, with Lazzarato powering away in the last kilometer to earn the victory. Warner launched a late attack out of the chasing trio to claim third place! Custer and Wallace hung tough through the heat and would take 6th and 8th, respectively.
The Tour of Hampton Roads lived up to its reputation in year two, giving us a GREAT road trip racing weekend! The team gives a HUGE thank you to Dan Netzer and Celerity Cycling for hosting this fun, exciting event! We also want to express our huge gratitude to Igda Warner and Christine Fuentes, for providing race support to our riders during the very hot New Kent Road Race! Bicycle racing is a team sport, and is not possible without a team of friends and family to support you in your ventures! We are forever grateful.
Igda Warner shared some of her photos of the weekend HERE.
See you next week in Shenandoah!
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