The day before thanksgiving and one of our guys had the chance to commute to the office. As we approach the holiday season there are many things our team is thankful for…our health, being able to ride bikes, family, friends, teammates, sponsors, and having bada** looking kits!
Final road race of the 2014 season was this past weekend in downtown Columbus. We had a great road season and it sure was special to end it 2 blocks from our sponsors brewery. After the race we celebrated with family and friends by having a cold one (or two) at the Elevator Brewing Taproom. Thanks to our sponsors, all of the race promoters, our family and friends, and teammates for an awesome 2014 road racing campaign. Now it’s time to enjoy riding without training plans for a few weeks and cheer our guys on who ride cross.
Our first ever race as a club. March 16th 2013 at Lake Hope. As we approach the end of the 2014 season it’s awesome to see how far we have come as a club. Can’t wait to see what happens for the 2015 season!
Two podiums in 1 weekend? That’s right…we are on fire right now. It’s great to see Steve (papa Q) on the podium at the Ostrander Circuit race this weekend. That makes a podium on Saturday and one on Sunday for our team. No big deal.
(picture was borrowed from the Team Athens FB page. Also looks like it was taken with a mid 90’s cell phone camera but it’s all good!)
The first road race of the year was this past Saturday out in Alexandria, Ohio. After a winter that saw many days with temps in the negatives the racers were blessed with a 55 degree “heatwave” and bright blue sky’s. The only negative on the weather front was the wind. Gusts were up into the 20 mph’s with a constant wind in the low teens. Many of the racers were ecstatic about the conditions for the first race of the year. Our team had 2 members registered to test the early season legs in the Cat 4/5 race. With a strong 4/5 field of 50 riders Mike Buckner finished 21st and Jason Keyser had a leg strain and pulled up and parked the bike after the first lap.
The course was in great shape with the only concern being the gravel in each corner which is typical for this time of year in Ohio. The rolling hills provided a bit of a challenge as many of the riders legs hadn’t seen this type of a test on their trainer thus far in the year. The finish was notable due to the direct headwind and the false flat up hill rise.
Overall this race was a great start to the year and a great opportunity for many to get off the trainer and out on the road in a race situation.
The attached video is a short snippet of the race from our rider Mike Buckner’s GoPro camera mounted under his saddle. It’s a one minute clip showing the crash on the first lap of the race. All riders were ok but one bike sustained an injured rear derailleur that will need replaced before the next outing. This video shows that a split second of not paying attention can result in a kiss of the pavement.
Let’s keep it safe out there guys.
For a complete list of the race results click here.