Photo by Voytek Glinkowski
Superweek wrap-up II
The Superweek buzz is thus far cautiously optimistic. One can't yet set their watch by start times, but delays haven't been outrageous, and most riders I've talked to are happier with the way things are going this year.The most positive change has been the addition of the Elgin Cycling Classic course. It was much more technical than the road races we're accustomed to, but it was a great stretch of residential road. The best part was that it was a closed-road course, which felt very pro, and the intersections were all well-marshaled. (I confess I flinched when I saw police cars at the intersections. I fully expected the klaxons to light up so we could be scolded for not riding single-file. Such is riding in the northwest suburbs.) Pavement was excellent except for the final three turns, which caused some trouble in some races, including a violent crash at the end of the 4/5's race. A hush fell as one rider walked through the crowd with what was once a bike but had become no more than a collection of parts, with tires peeled from crushed rims and chainring taco'd. Highlights from the weekend's racing:
In other Superweek news, Andy Garrison tells me he expects Rock Racing to show up Wednesday with eight riders, and he expects Mike Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream) soon too. Former national criterium champion Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) also is joining us this week after racing the Tour de Champaign. Garrison also reports that official Dave Fowkes has designed some barrier improvements at Evanston to reduce the annual crash-fests in Turns 4 and 5.Full Blue Island results. Full Elgin results.
Blue Island reports Stephen Butler (Wheelfast; 30+ 4/5): "A rush of adrenaline took control over my tongue and I screamed, 'Gosh darn it, Endure It!'"
Jacques Cartier (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 3): "Someone in our break jumped to the pack. That was when chaos took over."
CyclingNews: "Carter got in to prime position with the help of teammate Ryan Freund and launched his jump coming out of the final corner."
Elvis Falbo (Beverly Bike/Vee-Pak): "It was unintentional and totally not my style."
Hub Racing (W-P/1/2/3): "The Hub train came apart around the final turn as the hard charging colavita bunch came to the front."
Chris Kinonen (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 30+ 1/2/3): "What’s the number one rule in a break? Don’t get dropped from it. This is what I kept telling myself."
Tim Yuska (Iron Cycles; 4/5): "A South Chicago Wheelmen rider was on point and did an awesome job setting a good tempo. Usually there are people swarming to the front and then hitting the brakes, not wanting to do any work once they get there."
Andrew Zens (Spidermonkey Cycling; 4/5): "Boom, another crash in front of me in the last turn. I stayed up and then I attempted to sprint to the finish."
zMotion Racing (P/1/2): "On the last lap Juan and Hector were perfectly placed for the sprint when on the second to last corner were cut off and forced them to scramble back towards the front of the peloton"
Blue Island photos Kevin Curtis John Wilke
Elgin reports John Coyle (Wolverine Sports Club; 30+ 1/2/3): "It was a race that was pretty technically and strategically sound."
Daily Herald: "'I'm really a wuss, if you want to know the truth.'"
Jim Hamman (Tower Racing; 4/5): "I wanted to make certain to be first into the first dangerous turn first and set up Ed and Don for a sprint finish. It was perfectly scripted."
Hub Racing (W-P/1/2/3): "Can Colavita sprint like this for two weeks or can Hub push them into eventual submission?"
Dave Jagee (Flatlandia; 4/5): "I decided it was all or nothing. Work my way through the crash, put my head down and start to hammer."
Adam Mills (Mercy; P/1/2): "I cramped to the point of seeing striations in my quads, then decided to be a cheerleader for the remainder."
William Pankonin (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 30+ 4/5): "I lost my nerve as the swarm came and when I saw racers taking big risks all around me, and I gave up precious positions until I found myself in the middle of the pack."
Francisco Torralba (Team Tati; 30+ 4/5): "I joined a small group of other laggards, which always makes the penitence easier. In those situations I like to fantasize that I am in a breakaway group, escaping from an imaginary pack barely two corners behind."
John Wolters (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 4/5): "I could hear the tires of another rider to my right so I put my head down and sprinted it out for 4th place."
Tim Yuska (Iron Cycles; 4/5): "I had a bad feeling about that turn before the race, and now I know why. I ass- and elbow-skidded until running into the curb."
Elgin photos Mark Keller