For the 2013 Tour of the Battenkill, Gripped Racing followed up our 2012 Win with 3 More Top 10’s and 5 in Top 25!
Rob Russell: 2nd in his first ever road race
Ryan Bannon: 7th after a last minute breakaway
Stephanie Wolf: 8th in her 3rd bike race ever
Jason Harris: 20th in his first road race
Aron Kansal: 22nd proving Argentina training was legit
JB: finished just over a minute behind the Cat 3 winner
Rapavi: just behind JB in style
This same weekend at Bakers Dozen, Pam defended her 2012 domination of the women’s solo field with another win and Kevin won men’s solo handily and beat nearly every team there – including the relays!
Jason’s Race Report: Cat 3 Grand Fiasco
I know better. But really –sometimes you just don’t want to ride slow. I spent a winter preparing for this year’s Battenkill only to have our race of 150 guys move at a pace I was not prepared for: dreadfully slow. There was even a Cat 5 (read: beginner) field that bested our average time. There I was ready for war, and instead I had a grand fondo. I made my way to the front early, got through the first bridge in front and then just stayed there. All day.
After winning last year in Cat 4, the pack was not about to let me go off the front. Each time I lurched ahead, I was promptly reeled in. I had no intention of a real attack, but looking back I “couldda, wouldda, shouldda.” Instead I stayed at the front of the pack, out of trouble all day, and set the pace.
But even a slow ride of 60 miles is 60 miles. On the last climb, the pack suddenly awoke, yelling, barging and shoving their way up the series of gravel, step climbs. I was caught out. About 100 guys finished within 2 minutes of the winner, so to say it was messy is an understatement. But that’s racing. Lesson learned the hard way. 55th with an average of 19.4 mph. Ouch.
What turns a poor result into a great weekend of racing? Seeing people you’ve encouraged to race have an amazing result. Sharing that with them, knowing they worked hard through a cold winter, life hardships and self doubt to arrive on the finish line better than they expected. That’s gratifying. I’m super proud of the people I train and race with. Their Battenkill experience salvaged mine. And there’s always next year.