Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rough Times at the Tour De Ephrata

Hi everyone, 

So this weekend the team experienced its first non-colligate race. We raced the two day, three stage Tour De Ephrata. 

Saturday was a 26 mile circut race on narrow rolling coutry roads. It was the first truly hot day of the year with the tempurature in the high eighties. From the start we had problems. Dan Rossi had his chain snap putting him out of the race. On the first climb of the day Stephen dropped his chain causing him to fall over and Charlie got caught behind. Both were dropped from the main group. Stephen crashed again going through a gravely corner and Charlie was our best finisher in 47th place. 

Sunday things got a bit better. In the morning we had the "Pain Mountain" Time trail. The name says it all. Stephen put in a great ride to finish 12th. 

Sunday afternoon's crit is things went very well. Both Stephen and Charlie were active in the Crit. Stephen held a good position all race and sprinted for 13th place. Charlie was in a group farther back but won the sprint from his group finishing 30th. 

Stephen finished the weekend placed 15th overall out of 75 starters. Not bad considering Saturdays bad luck. 

Next weekend is our final team race of the season, the Eastern Championships in State College Pa.  We are fired up and ready to bring home some good results. 

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