Whirlwind, would be a good way to start. Saturday was Longview, Sunday Albany, then two PIR’s as usual on Monday and Tuesday. Ironclad was all over the place with a busy weekend, featuring a good bye party for Jeff and Anne Harwood, who move to Morocco (yes, that Morocco) on a 2 year teaching contract. We wish them all the best and a safe two years. We’ll be waiting when you come back. And the rest of you in the sprinter category can be happy you don’t have to take on the mighty goat anymore. The party had lots of moments over the 2 nights it lasted, most noteworthy was Cass’ confusing the “goat horns’ rock and roll hand signal with “the shocker”. Then it was a big bonfire at the Colonel’s where the family recipe chicken was prepared in mass quantities, and much food and drink were consumed as we bade our farewells. Of course, this encompassed a topless dance party in the “party room” at the Colonel’s house. Party photos of all sorts are here.
gathering for the feast
Also of mention is the recent engagement of Greg “Colonel” Sanders and Anna Clark, announced last Friday. These two met while cycling for their respective college’s, and have been staunch riders on Ironclad for almost all 5 years the program has existed. Congrats, you two!
So, Longview’s ace performance was Dan Penner in the 2/3 with a hard fought and won 2nd place when all was said and done. Rob Thompson comes in with a podium spot as well, landing 3rd in the 3/4 race. In the 1/2/3 race, Crawfy slotted in with a quality 5th place finish. Our women all stayed home, and put in the long miles for the upcoming Rapha Gentlemen’s Ride.
Albany the next day was lightly attended by the squad, with most of us stuck with real life activities. That pesky, pesky real life. Only Crawfy went to town, and managed a nice top ten in the masters race with 7th. Well done!
As usual, Pat Malach at OCA has your lowdown and photos HERE.
Monday PIR had Levo and Whitley in the Women’s Open, and Rob Thompson and Dave Dezellum duking it out in the dudes affairs. All finished well.
Tuesday PIR had Crawfy and Penner in the 1/2/3, and Dave, Dizzy, and Rob T in the 3/4 race, with Rob taking home a hard earned win, his first since joining the team this year! Crawfy managed a top ten in the 1/2/3 as well, we think 7th or so (unofficially). The 3/4 saw the usual good team action we’ve seen so far in 2011, with good lines and safe strategies. Well, almost. Apparently the practice of blocking is a bit misunderstood in some cases. Anyhow, Rob eked out a tough win by a single point. Solid field all around aside from the earlier lapses in protocol, and zero crashes!
This weekend coming up is Twilight, Master’s Nationals, and the Embrocation Omnium Track Race, which we’re proud to help out with as a sponsor.