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2013-03-23 Wards Ferry Road Race Report 35+ 4

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Date / Race: 2013-03-23 Wards Ferry Road Race Report

Race Report: Ward’s Ferry Road Race Report 35+ 4: by Mike Ewing

We had 36 starters; the weather was cool at mid 40’s. We had James Winne, Randy Floyd, Sean Lollar, and myself representing Body Concepts Race Team. The start time was delayed to 8:40, we rode to the race course for about 2 miles neutral.

The race started as usual at comfortable pace, everyone trying to warm up their legs. It was after the third lap the pace increased as we passed through the feed zone. Three riders went off the front, due the hilly course and multi-lap course fatigue had settled in. I did not try to catch; I conserved energy for the finish. Coming down the hills through the ranch area a Chipotle rider made a move, I grabbed his wheel. We were moving fast, as we made the sharp right turn after the ranch house area he went wide into the grass. Then I punched it, we were leading the chase group at this point. Then came the hills, the race came back together. As all of us approached the second to last hill Brian Baxter from B Plus moved ahead. I followed him closely, he started to fade but we moved ahead. I said to him that we had a gap and we sped away.

At the one kilometer mark we were moving fast, and then at 200 meters we rolled up with momentum to the final climb. At 75 meters I jumped out of the saddle and moved away uncontested to a fourth place finish. The race course was 48 miles long and about 5000 feet of climbing. There were 4 laps, with short climbs and fast descents. It was difficult under these circumstances to work as a team. The race split into two groups, some of the B plus guys may have been trying to stay back and not chase their guy at the front. This is only speculation; overall the race was safe and exciting. Glad to have teammates at the race, we would need to have more to be effective in a race like this one. See you guy’s @ Copperopolis!

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