Photo by Hot Foot Photo
It feels like summer, even though it just the first week of May. Both PIR Series and the romp around Hagg Lake are in full swing.
At Banana Belt, we chased hard, covered attacks and ended up with 2 top 10′s and just missed the podium with a 4th.
Men’s 1/2: we had a full compliment of guys out, with the intent of getting Erik in the running for the series. Along with the nice weather, came wind. Only 750′ of climbing per lap, still ends up being close to 4K.
Breaks were chased, and the pace was pushed. Near the end, as they were overtaking a neutralized, slower field, there was confusion with the lead car, and a group without us was away at the end. Kevin, after protecting all day brought home the top spot.
Rich also was 10th in the Open 3′s field.
Brad Meier showed that he is learning fast, and even though he expressed some disappointment with his result, he still brought home a 4th. His placings as a brand new racer continue to impress.
Sarah, the lone TAI woman, was 7th in the 3′s.
Monday night PIR was the fastest that many could remember. Men’s 1/2/3 report from David:
Wow!! What a impressive showing of strength, team work and dominance tonight at one of the fastest Mon PIR on record, on pare with Tues PIR speeds! Some of the fastest riders were there tonight. We controlled the race from start to finish! We weakened the field lap after lap with Cancellara-Like attacks coming from Brant, over and over. Kevin, Shepherded Alex around all night and protected him with some super human pulls at 32 mph. Roger took some impressive pulls out front as well. Rich was right there in the action at all times, ready to do his share in the work to pull moves back. There were multiple break attempts that were dangerous that all of us made sure that Alex was in, especially Kevin & Brant were right there at all times to make it happen. Alex also had to give some pretty big digs of his own to get in the right position.
Eventually with 6 laps to go, Brant & Kevin put in some Hercules efforts that tore apart the tiring peloton and only left about 6 to 7 riders off the front that included Alex,Rich, & Kevin. The other riders in the break wouldn’t work at first so a few managed to barely bridge up which included Brant and myself. So 5 TAI in the winning move of 13-14 riders and some of the fastest guys in the race left behind, sweet!
On the last lap we threw out a couple fliers, one of the best near the end came from Rich to soften the field.
As we turned onto the straightaway Rich was caught and some hesitation allowed for a Soraz rider that was fresh to attack, he got a good gap and then the sprinting fireworks started at 39.2 mph according to my Garmin. Lots of dicey maneuvering which got Alex boxed in and then we had to start over with Kevin trying to lead him out of the mess as I moved up hoping to get Alex on my wheel but he went the other direction and still managed a 3rd or 4th place in the final sprint, hopefully 3rd overall with hot spot points.
We’re really starting to get the team racing rhythm & tactics down during the race, now we just need to put the finishing touches on.
That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had at a PIR race! 5 team mates in the winning move, holy crap!!
Excellent work guys!
Brad carried on with a strong 6th. The 1/2/3 women had Sarah and Stacey in the top 10, and newcomer Robin 7th in the 4′s.
Another great week, and we’re still the #1 team in Oregon by almost 350pts. Good stuff.