Athens and Beyond

Wow, what a couple of weeks in racing! The rain has been quite a trip. I managed to get over to Athens for the Twilight festivities, and I have to say that Athens Twilight is one of the best racing events in the USA! Wow!!! The entire town is behind it, and they’ve transformed the University calendar to make sure it’s as strong and cool as possible. I tooled in from my conference in Atlanta in the late afternoon on Friday. After settling in at the very cool and very inexpensive Georgia Center, I dressed up to spin out my legs and pick up my race numbers at Party Central in downtown Athens. I was a bit lost, but there were plenty of enthusiastic fans with helpful directions. When a pool full of bikini-clad sorority girls rush up to give you directions, you know you are not just in a typical event. It is way better than the usual “fuck you, you goddamn faggot! Get out of our town!” which one normally experiences.

Unfortunately, the beautiful weather and scenery of Friday devolved into thunderstorms on Saturday…..As I made my way over, I seriously thought about bailing out, and I was certainly NOT going to use my Cat-3 number. My spirits were lifted a bit when I got back from a natural break and saw that Tom Gates and Robert Gregory from Nashville had parked next to me. They’re both total badasses and great guys, racing for Lynn Greer’s Gran Fondo squad. Nobody was really thrilled by the conditions, and the ledger had 33 starters in the 45+–not exactly a large turnout for an NRC race! I didn’t flinch, started on the front line, and made certain that the first lap was fast going up the big hill on the finish line. The qualifier races don’t use the flat downtown course familiar to spectators, and this year they put it on a really nice course near the riverfront. It suited me, and I was stoked after a few laps. A lot of guys tried to make breaks happen, and I bridged up to two of them in the early going–but nothing was going anywhere. There were no teams, and lots of strong guys.  Coming into five laps to go I was thinking “holy shit, I could win this”, the lead pack was down to about 20 guys.  But, with 2 to go, I started cramping a bit after chasing up to a late attempt. And, right after that someone took a flyer and held it for the win. I recovered and had a pretty good line in the sprint, but I slowed trying to follow Tom Gates, but didn’t have the kick to surge past him as the cramps kicked back in and my sprint didn’t. Ah, well. I finished a respectable 12th, and I was right up there in the end of an NRC race.

Great job by Justin, Darrell, and Mark Shea and all the rest who were up in STL racing the TDSTL!!! Lots of Heckawee and Carbondalians in action in that one as well! Diamond Dave Neis took 3rd overall and 2nd in Carondolet. Chief Reimbold finished the TT in Mikey Weiss’ van, after Mikey picked him up at the porta potty….I’m not sure what is up with that…..


A SUPER BIG Congratulations to Justin Armstead for finishing 3rd Overall and WINNING the Time Trial at the Tour of St Louis Cat 1/2/3/ event. Also, Joshua, Ryan and Nathan Mittelberg for the great results at St Louis and Iowa City last weekend. Way to go kids!! One more..Darrell Bratton held the masters up at St Louis with a 2nd Overall in the 40+ Masters.
Iowa City Criterium, IA  4/25/2010
Junior 13-14
2——Nathan Mittelberg
Junior 15-16
4———Joshua Mittelberg
5———Ryan Mittelberg
Tour of St Louis, Carondelett 4/24/2010
Men Category 1/2
8——-Justin Armstead
Masters 40+
3——-Darrell Bratton
12——Mark Shea
14——Steve Hall
15——Don Lowe
29——-Gary Doering
31——-Frank Brummer
34——–Robert Brokaw
38——-Jeff Williams
Junior Open
2——–Joshua Mittelberg
5——–Ryan Mittelberg
14——-Nathan Mittelberg
Category 4/5
18——–Ray Caruso

Tour of St Louis, Time Trial 4/24/2010
Men Category 1/2/3
1——-Justin Armstead
Masters 40+ (TT results may not be accurate)
2——-Robert Brokaw
5——-Mark Shea
7——-Don Lowe
10——Frank Brummer
11——Darrell Bratton
13——Mark O’Banion
Tour of St Louis, Delmar Criterium 4/25/2010
Men Category 1/2/3
7——-Justin Armstead
Masters 40+
3——-Darrell Bratton
6——-Gary Doering
7——-Mark Shea
9——-Don Lowe
10——Robert Brokaw
16——Mark O’Banion
Category 3
9——–Jeff Williams

Tour of St Louis  Masters 40+ OVERALL

2———Darrell Bratton
4———Mark Shea
5———-Don Lowe
Tour of St Louis  Category 1/2/3 OVERALL

3———Justin Armstead


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