What a day. What a day indeed. Pictures HERE.
Congratulations are in order for Cat 3 Drew Willis, who snared his first win of his racing career after a stellar performance in the breakaway of the day, and then escaping said breakaway for a clear win in the sprint to the line. A fine job for a fine lad who’s had nothing but bad luck this season with mechanicals and flats. Truly couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, and none more deserving than he. Always a solid and stalwart workhorse for the team, Drew took his moment and shined on this horrifically windy, rainy day. I hope his Mama is reading this because ma’am, I know you’re twice as proud of him as we are, and we’re beaming over here.
Drew sprints convincingly to his first win
In the M5′s we had Atlin Sestrich, excorcising his ghosts his Cake ghosts of 09 by successfully finishing the race that ended his year last year. Well done, kid!
In the 4′s we placed Shaun Conley in 4th place, with help from Mark Koller in the mix.
In the women’s 1/2/3 we had Anona who got in the right move with the Earthquaker and held in just fine for 5th.
In the women’s 4′s we had a good group of girls going at it, and a touch of wheels caused a pile up ending in some injuries for a couple of girls requiring hospital visits. We wish all those injured very speedy recoveries. Thanks to our guest rider from MPLS, Iman, who took on her first ever bike race today, finishing strong. Our other girls that had the unfortunate luck of crashing are all ok, a few beers and enchiladas on the way home helped that. Their bikes, on the other hand……
And special mention (and I do mean special) to the incredible job done by the promoters, OBRA staff, and course marshalls, who had to contend with the most irate motorists I’ve ever seen in a road race. Folks ’round Perrydale school don’t take kindly to them bike folk, no sirree. We were discussing it at our post race meal, when a truck pulled up with “Ditch The Bitch, Let’s Go Fishing” stenciled on the windshield. The vastness of the social chasm at hand became crystal clear in an instant.
All in all an amazing day for the sqaud in some, at times, complete shit weather. Mother Nature had the sink thrown at us today, hard rain, light drizzle, sledgehammer winds, sunshine……a slap and a tickle. As for the racing, we got some really good luck, and some really bad luck, and that’s exactly what bike racing is all about. Win some, lose some.