Ross Ford wins his very first race:
First off, I am really excited to be a member of the team and really looking forward to getting to meet and ride with all of you this year. I did some Monday night rides and the century at the end of the year last year, so a few of you might recognize me. Anyhow, I was extremely nervous for my first crit race and had myself psyched out by reading way too many articles about what to expect at your first race. The race started out quickly and I got in good position after I got around the guy in front of me that couldn’t get clipped in. Half way through there was a crash at the corner before the uphill section. After that I decided that I would play it pretty safe for the rest of the race. So when the bell rang for the last lap I was just hanging in at the back and once I made it safely around the corner I made my move up the hill and got up to about fifth place. At the last hill I grabbed the wheel of the leader and past him with about 100 meters to go and won by about 3 bike lengths (that’s what they told me at least, I wasn’t looking back at that point). It was a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to the next one. Congrats to everyone else on their strong finishes!
Steve Treb wins the Cat 4:
Whitnall Park marked my second race of the year, and showed how winter training payed off for me and other teammates! The race started off with a medium pace, as I tried to stay as close to the front as possible and control the speed of the race. Half way through the race I got into a break with another rider. During the first lap in the break the rider over cooked the 2 corner (uphill right-hander) and almost took me out along with himself. We stayed in the break for about 3 laps, but were caught due to lack of teamwork, and a nasty head wind on the downhill front straight. With two laps to go I tried to sit in as much as possible and look for a good wheel to grab for the uphill then downhill finish. Around the last corner I sat in second or thrid place and kept on an ISCORP riders wheel up the final hill. With 100m to go the rider seemed to sit up and I hammered it around him! I ended up crossing the line first with a Chicago rider half a bike length behind me and Ray in third. Overall I felt good and I’m hoping to carry this momentum into the coming weekend in La Crosse. A HUGE CONGRATS to Ross Ford , Jadon Jaeger , and Arlen Spicer, for great finishes. Looks like we’re going to have a powerful crit presence this year!
Arlen Spicer owns the Field Sprint for 2nd in the Masters 3/4: