Photo by Voytek Glinkowski
Fall Fling wrap-up I
You don't see this every race.In the midst of position jockeying at the end of Saturday's Fall Fling road race, Ryan White (ABD/Geargrinder) had an opponent's skewer make its way into his derailleur. His break had been out of sight for most of the afternoon, but now his bike was disabled, and he had no choice but to shed his shoes and make a desperate run for the finish. Meanwhile, his teammates Rob White and John Meyers were sprinting for 1st and 3rd, after which Rob, the Tomax to Ryan's Xamot, perhaps psychically alerted to identical twin Ryan's distress, doubled back to provide his bike. Ryan quickly mounted and, as shown above, barely held off the main peloton
Road race reports Patrick Brock (Team Extreme; 4): "About 15 riders decided they needed a better position for the sprint and not only crossed the center line by a little bit, they were on the opposite shoulder of the roadway. The official on the motor was all over it."
Robert Curtis (Bicycle Heaven; citizens): "I heard a guy sprinting by. Started calling out 'Left side!' Then I looked and saw it wasn't just one or two or three guys, but a train
Tamara Fraser (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; W-40+): "A moment of inattention, a bit of nerves, and there you are."
Don Hanke (Tower Racing; 4): "We were by far the most active team. It didn’t work out but we had a blast trying to make it happen."
Seth Meyer (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 1/2): "The field mostly shut down as of Lap 3 (of 6), but it was fun anyway."
Avi Neurohr (Chicago Cuttin' Crew; 4): "The road was narrow, the centerline rule was keeping us three abreast and slow, and a combine 30 feet wide took up the entire road for a mile, keeping us all even slower."
Team Tati (4, beginners, W-4): "Everyone raced safely, and with style."
Joe Tortorelli (C-U Racing; 3): "I had some fun bluffing some cramps before the start of the final lap, which caused my fellow Cat 3 to put in an attack and cramp himself out a bit."
Criterium race reports Patrick Brock (Team Extreme; 4): "I tried some different lines but the field was too big to get the best lines and move up at the same time."
Robert Curtis (Bicycle Heaven; citizens): "From then it was like a time warp. I think I had visions. The surge came. I knew it would. It hurt."
Ed Ekstrom (Tower Racing; citizens): "I am about even with the rear wheel of the new leader now and gaining. I am feeling fresh and there is no way I am losing to this guy."
Avi Neurohr (Chicago Cuttin' Crew; 4, citizens): "Seven of us separated from the bunch to contest the sprint, and though I thought I'd saved enough through the last climb into the wind, everyone else did, too."