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Submitted by PM on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 7:48pm.
The month of May is when the Finger Lakes community of Bristol...yes, the birth place of our dog Bristol McGee...and the start/finish of the Bristol Road Race presented by Constellation Group. It's a 51 mile race on a pretty demanding course. This race owes me...big time. Why? It was a few years ago, 2006 I think, when I had entered the race and almost missed the start because we drove according to the race sheet driving instructions instead of the Google Map directions. So, we arrive, I was so amped up, early in the race, I roll off the front and some guy rolls with me. He starts hitting it hard, and we are gone. As we approached an intersection, a corner worker had her back to us and we went straight...straight off course and DNF'd.
Submitted by PM on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 10:00pm.
A run of 2 consecutive weekends with CNYC wins came to an end this Sunday. Hollenbecks.....a Upstate NY Spring Classic provided lots of fun and good racing this year for the CNYCers.....but no wins. The club was represented well by Rich Karaz, Richard Serton, Ed King, Scott Graham and Peter Martin.
Race Report by Rich Karaz.
Why do we race bikes? For prizes? No. We race bikes because we love it. Like in the beer commercial, "This is what we do." The Central NY Spring Classic previously known as the Greek Peak Road Race has been Hollenbeck's for quite a few years now. The race draws a nice big crowd. What do we race for prizes wise? Cookies. Seriously, cookies. Chris's Cookies is a bakery in the Ithaca area and they supply the prizes besides the top 3 in each category getting their entry fee returned. Still, the parking lot at Hollenbeck Orchard is filled to capacity. Lining up in the M35+ race for the CNYC club is Pete Martin, Scott Graham and myself. One lap, 22 miles for us. Truth is, I signed up to race 2 laps, but due to some USACycling jargon, it was decided I'm best off just enter the M35 event. Oh well.
Submitted by PM on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 7:46pm.
The riders of CNYC continued their successful Spring campaign at the Binghamton Circuit Race held on Sunday April 25th. Richard Serton scored his first win for the season. Riding in the Cat. 5 race Serton produced a strong sprint to win by a wheel. Brett Sherwood took a good 11th place finish out of 41 riders. Ad Stabel made it two weekends in a row with race wins. Riding in the Master's 45 + Stabel wound things up to continue his run of great results. Rich Karaz took 2nd in the 45 + field.
Race Reports Below:
By Richard Serton
In the Men's Cat 5 field most of the action was saved for the final 200m of the 20 mile race. A few early attempts at a breakaway, including ones by CNYC's own Richard Serton and Brett Sherwood were unsuccessful. It seemed that most of the field was content to stay together and fight it out at the end. About halfway through the final lap a palpable sense of urgency seemed to come over the peloton. All at once every rider was jockeying for position to start the final sprint. As the group reached the base of the final short climb, the sprint began with several riders in good position for the win. CNYC's own Richard Serton, who started the sprint in about 10th place, had the legs to overtake the rest of the field and snag 1st place by about half a wheel. Brett Sherwood finished strong in 11th place.
Submitted by PM on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 3:42pm.
The USPP TT for Wednesday 4-28-10 is on. Please come a little early and be ready to roll at 6:15 PM.
Submitted by PM on Sat, 04/24/2010 - 9:47am.
A new record number of riders took the start of the USPP TT on April 14th. 26 riders line up and 26 riders finished with great times. The next USPP is this Wednesday the 28th. Can we get 30 people to line up?
1. Matthew Russell 23:36
Submitted by PM on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 9:24pm.
Thanks to Rich Serton, Ad Stabel and Marjolein Schat for the cyclingnews write ups.
A damp and chilly cold front stayed in the region just long enough to drop some rain on this year's CYLRR. But, the racing was fast and fierce. In the combined A-B field the pack stayed together from the start to the base of the first climb on lap 1. The pace increased enough so that by the end of the first 2 climbs the true contenders had separated themselves from the group; but no real attacks had come. A group of about 25 including several CNYC riders descended together and began the 2nd lap. As a steady rain began to fall, this group headed North and approached the final climbs. CNYC's Richard Serton was the first to attack on the last climb. He was followed by a group of 9 riders. Ryan Steers pulled clear of this group near the top and opened up a gap of about 400m. The chase group worked furiously to reign him in as the final blistering descent began. As the combined group rounded the last turn into the home straightaway CNYC was in a great position. They had 4 riders in the top 10. After an all out sprint CNYC's own Ad Stabel came clear for the win with Rich Karaz taking the 3rd position for a near-podium-sweep by the host club. CNYC also took 6th and 7th places with Brett Sherwood and Richard Serton.
Submitted by PM on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 12:28pm.
A couple of great shots from the racing at this week's Check Your Legs RR.
Submitted by PM on Sun, 04/18/2010 - 7:24pm.
Cold and wet at times...but great racing in two fields. Thanks to everyone for coming to race. Thanks to the people that volunteer. All racers did 2 laps for 25 miles of racing.
Finishing Places 2010 CYLRR
Place Rider # Name
B Category Racers
Submitted by PM on Fri, 04/16/2010 - 3:06pm.
The forecast for this weekend's Check Your Legs RR reads more like a late February forecast for a weekend in Belgium. That being the said....we are hoping the bad weather pushes through and the race can go on. We will race if the conditions are safe to race. That means in the cold...rain....wind.....it's a go. But if there is snow of any consequence on the roads the race will be canceled. Please take a look at the website the morning of the race. If the CYLRR is unsafe to run I will try to post a notice by 8 AM.
Submitted by PM on Sat, 04/10/2010 - 9:55pm.
In his first race for CNYC ( And, his first race of the 2010 season. ) Richard Serton grabbed a great 3rd place finish in the Category 5 race at Battenkill. What started out dark and blustery turned out to be a great day for racing - the clouds broke not long after we started. With a few exceptions Rich's group stayed together until the final tough climb and then a small group broke away. Two guys got up the road. Richard chased the 2nd place rider for about 2k starting at the 5k marker but wasn't making any ground. He then hung back with 4 other riders thinking they would fight it out for 3rd place. Coming into the final turn Serton dropped the hammer and came clear for a podium spot.