This past Saturday saw the team head to Wilmington Delaware for one of the country’s most popular and rapidly growing criteriums, and the continuation of the National Criterium Calendar. With a string of podiums at Speed Week, and ...
This past Saturday saw the team head to Wilmington Delaware for one of the country’s most popular and rapidly growing criteriums, and the continuation of the National Criterium Calendar. With a string of podiums at Speed Week, and Shane Kline’s win at the Dana Point GP, the team has a lot of confidence now and came into the race prepared to execute.
Jackie Simes, Shane Kline, and Adam Myerson at the head of the race.
As has been the pattern in recent weeks, the race was aggressive, and so were we. We managed to put riders into every significant breakaway attempt, but it wasn’t in the cards, and the race was destined to come down to a field sprint. Given how Shane has been sprinting lately, we were confident that he could win with his best effort and some luck on the last lap. The boys put him right where he needed to be on the leadout train of our rivals at UHC, and he made the brave and smart decision to anticipate the sprint by carrying more speed through the last corner, passing the UHC guys early, and trying to hold his gap to the line. He lead the sprint until the last few seconds, but unfortunately got passed by 2 guys, with Team Smartstop-Mountain Khakis alumni Luke Keough taking the win.
Shane Kline set up perfectly with one lap to go.
Shane on the podium, yet again.
Wins All Over:
The rest of the team was busy this weekend, putting in some great performances at local races all over the eastern seaboard, with the team netting wins in Georgia, North Carolina and New York.
Frank Travieso and Thomas Brown raced the Gainesville Grand Prix in Georgia, which was a three event omnium with a time trial, circuit race, and road race. The boys did a great job with Frank ending up first, and Thomas 2nd overall.
On Saturday morning, Frank won the 7 mile time trial and Thomas was third. Later that afternoon was a circuit race, and a dangerous break got away midway through. Thomas pulled it back over the climb the last two laps. Thanks to a friendly push, he did his best to lead out Frank in a downhill sprint where Frank got fourth. Sunday was a 70 mile road race with 7000 feet of climbing. Steady rain and the constant hills took their toll on the field. Eventually Thomas and Frank ended up in the final selection of 6 riders. Frank lead out the sprint where Thomas sprinted to the win with Frank also getting second. Good work guys!
Thomas and Frank on the podium in Gainesville.
Back near home base in North Carolina, Chris Uberti, Pat Raines, Jon Hamblen, Travis Livermon and Dan Patten contested the Falls Lake Road Race weekend near Raleigh, with a flying Chris Uberti taking out the win in both Saturday’s rainy 62 mile road race, and Sunday’s criterium.
Finally, up north in New York, Nathaniel Ward hit up the Tour De Syracuse omnium, a 3 stage event with a time trial, criterium, and hilly 80 mile road race. He won the criterium from a field sprint, and managed 4th place overall in the omnium.
Nathaniel Ward on the podium in Syracuse
Congrats to all of our riders on so many strong rides this weekend! Next weekend brings us to the classic Tour of Sommerville criterium in New Jersey, We won the race last year, and we’re looking forward to racing to defend our title.
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