The relentless winter of 2015 has finally back down and regional road racing has officially begun! Three BJL Coaching Athletes got after it this past weekend and had some solid results. This is a good sign for a great racing season ahead!
On Saturday, 3/14/15, yes, Pi Day, Branch Brook #2 was ON. Although #2 in the series, #1 was cancelled due to snow--the first time this has ever happened to my knowledge. And while the snow was clear, the skies opened up and dumped down buckets on the competitors for this initial race. The weather did not dissuade Frank S. who toed the line in both Cat 4/5 events. Despite getting hit by a car while out on a training ride a few short weeks ago, Frank rode two solid races and finished up 13th then 10th. These are both noteworthy efforts when most folks chose to train indoors on this nasty day.
Also on Saturday was Grant's Tomb Crit, and absolute classic located in New York City. Kathryn C., the 2014 Women's 4 defending champion, threw her hat in the ring in the 3/4 Race. Kathryn played the role of instigator, animator, and super domestique while saving enough energy to sprint for 10th place. Read her detailed report here:
On Sunday, Paul L. dropped down south of the Mason-Dixon line to compete in the Richmond International Raceway Criterium. Yes, a Crit held on a motor speed way. A 3/4 mile "D" shaped oval to be exact. Although two racers broke away and lapped the Cat 3 field, Paul unleashed his sprint for the first time this year for 5th in the field, 7th overall. This was a great way to blow out the carbon and dust off the cobwebs for the big block of racing Paul has planned.
Be on the lookout for more racing action in the weeks to come!
Coach B.L. is the head coach at BJL Coaching and an avid racer and cycling enthusiast himself.