The threat of rain proved empty, and with temps in the low 50s it was perfect March weather Saturday for the Winfield Twilight.
This course demands patience. Let the suckers attack early, for it's usually the late attacks, after the hill has worn everyone down, that prove effective. This was the case in the 2/3's, where Ryan Freund
was a quiet presence until going off the front with five to go. He held off Waylon Janowiak
(WDT-Allvoi) and Hogan Sills
(Verizon Wireless) for the convincing win. (He was not, however, able to lap your correspondent, who'd been doing some investigative reporting off the back, so he's still got that to work on.)
An hour later Freund, who won here as a 5 in 2008, was in the 1/2 race and not only surviving but playing an active role, going on the attack and reeling in primes. Plenty of dangerous moves formed late that included enough of the the major teams --
ABD, Geargrinder, Vision Quest and Panther/RGF among them --
to seem viable, but nothing lasted much more than a lap. It came down to a sprint, with Josh Carter
(ABD) winning three bikelengths ahead of Chris Uberti
(Panther/RGF) and a depleted field.
Carter has a knack for this course. He finished 2nd in 2007 and 2008 and won in 2006.
PACT/Dish Network had a good day, or at least a good hour, as the women and men's 50+ raced concurrently. In the women's race, a selection of four formed early, out of which Debbie Dust
(PACT/Dish Network) got the jump on Kristen Meshberg
(Team BH USA) for the win (above). Meanwhile, Mike Jones
(PACT/Dish Network) went solo early and cruised to victory.
Earlier, Tim Speciale
(Bicycle Heaven) won the 5's and junior Chazz Martin
(ISCorps) continued his good showings in the senior ranks by showing good patience and then sprinting to the 4's win.
(Bicycle Heaven; 4): "It was like everyone went the speed of a normal Chicago style crit but they put some sort of Wisconsin hill in there and we were too stupid to slow down on it like the cheeseheads do."
(PACT/Dish Network; W-open): "I kept looking under my arm, just waiting for her wheel to come by, but in the end I was able to cross the line first."
(Team Get a Grip Cycles; 2/3): "I think this course is what my body was built for: a crit, technical and with a repetitive annoying hill thrown in for good measure."
(XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 4): "I should’ve been going faster, not to mention taken a more aggressive and shallower turn. Right there my podium was gone. "
(Half Acre Cycling; 4): "About two seconds after this pic was taken I puked up about 1 1/2 cups worth of mucus."
(XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 2/3): "It’s not a good sign when your 'attack' is complimented as a 'pull.'"
(Panther/RGF; 1/2): "It was a great venue because people who were not cyclists cared about the race."