Finally, a race where it was warm enough to just wear a jersey and bibs. Alex M, Alex B, Dan S, Gabe, and Paul made the trip to New Haven this weekend for another weekend of racing.
The team spent Saturday morning climbing to the top of East Rock as quickly as possible during the 4.3 mile individual time trial, covering over 500 ft of elevation gain. No one made it into the points, but the sunshine made it worth it.
Saturday afternoon featured much more climbing during the circuit race. 2.5 laps for D and 3.5 laps for C, with a 350+ feet of climbing each lap. Gabe learned what it was like to overcook a corner and go over the handlebars, but still finished 15th. Paul beat out the first chase group on the last climb to finish 20th out of a C field of 60+ riders.
We returned to the park on Sunday for the crit to another day of decent weather. The field in the D2 race split up relatively quickly due to a few crashes. Our own Alex Brehm continued his crash streak for a 3rd straight week, but returned to the race with only a small scratch. Gabe worked his way through the peloton to finish 4th overall, winning 6 pts.
With the C racers feeling the pain from Saturday’s climbing, the race got off to a slow start. After 3 laps people began pushing the pace (and got booed for it), but the race quickly shifted gears. Paul made a move from last to first on the back stretch and held on to win the second sprint, capturing 5 pts. and a 12-pack of Red Bull, then finished 14th overall.
Overall, a great weekend of racing. Special thanks to the Mendelsohns for hosting the team and Mr. Schiffrin behind the camera, grabbing some great action shots.