The BMX team travelled to New Mexico for the USABMX National. Kit Bjerk and Braden Romer hit the Spring National to dust out the cobwebs and prepare for the upcoming March 30-31st Carolina National in Rock Hill, SC. This is a big event for us and all of the BMX team members will be there. If you live in the Carolinas, definitely get to Rock Hill BMX this coming weekend for the Elite national championship and USABMX Carolina National! Chat us up at the race, we’ll be easy to find, just look for our jersey or the big National Cycling Center van.
Meanwhile, the road crew has been busy with gravel races at the Croatan Buck Fifty and Love Valley events.
Will’s Croatan Buck Fifty(u23 Team): An early start before a long day in the bike chair. The race was super long, 150 miles, and full pot hole strewn dirt roads yet still one of Will’s favorite events of the season! The picture below says it all. Exhausted, dirty, and hungry. Not sure how he got himself back together for school two days later!
Kit and Braden’s NM race report (BMX Team): Fun trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Braden Romer and I woke at 3am to catch a 6am flight on Friday to race the same day. Arriving in New Mexico we had practice, had to learn the technical track in 20 minutes. Races started at 5pm with Braden having total points mains where he got a forth in his first race as Vet-pro! I had a rough day coming unclipped in the semi. After a good nights sleep we were both ready to race Saturday. Braden had a total points main were he averaged a 4th in Vet-pro again. I transferred into the main in the first moto. The main, I didn’t get the first straight I needed but came out of the first turn in 2nd and ended the race race in 2nd. Sunday there was no pro race so Braden got to relax while I had one more day of racing. I won the first moto to transfer to the main event again. Getting the furthest outside gate in the main I tried my best to get over but wasn’t completely able to. One rider got underneath me in the turn but I was able to keep 2nd and finish there. We both hopped on a 5pm plane to get back to N.C. so I could get to class and Braden could get back to teaching.
Love Valley gravel race reports from Peter and Kristen (u23 Team) Saturday: Beautiful weather for racing & despite crashing, Kristen Haynes completes her longest ride in good spirits and good time. Peter Wallace finished in 2:30 managing to fend off local dads
Sunday: Going in with a race plan of no punctures and no crashes, Kristen and Peter failed on both accounts within the first hour. While race hopes went out the window, all was recuperated over Chipotle.
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We did our first stage race of the year, the Tour of the Southern Highlands in Ball Ground, Georgia! It was a little wet and chilly, a bit of an education, and a whole lot of fun. #ToSH19
The team left Thursday night for the 5.5 hour drive through the mountains of NC to the foothills of northern Georgia.
After a short sleep we hit the morning time trial, in cold rain. Jacob Bernas, Niko Salazar Garcia, David Davenport, and Matthew Salazar Garcia started just after 9am. With rain falling and 50 degree temps, the roads were slippery and having not previously seen the course the guys rode conservatively. The u23 team, Marcel Gutierrez and Will Hardin, also not having seen the course rode fast enough to open up their legs and dust out the cobwebs for stage 2.
After a quick lunch and nothing very exciting happening (lie, I got the van stuck in our Airbnb driveway and we barely made it to the Criterium) we left for the race that evening in Woodstock. The 15-18 juniors made it through the race without hitting the deck, so we called it a success! The u23 guys in the Pro race had a heck of time staying with the field as long as possible as the pack shredded into multiple groups by the efforts of the Hincapie team.
On to the circuit race Saturday and we were joined by 13-14 junior Wesley Haggstrom who won the stage and took the leaders jersey! Former Wake Forest track runner and new VS u23 recruit Kristen Haynes, in her third bike race ever, toed the line in the Women’s 3/4/5 race. She finished and made it to stage 2 ...without falling over on the start line, well done Kristen!😆 Peter Wallace and Zach Hoestetler did the 2/3 event with Zach taking a mid field finish in the group. The u23 guys stepped it up a bit and made it to the finish line with the fast moving Pro peloton, a great result in a very fast group.
After a big chili dinner and some sleep (a little), we made the early departure for the road race. Kristen started her longest ride ever with hopes of just making it all the way to the finish. She did that, easily, and took 9th place! The 15-18 juniors rode their hearts out in the 75 mile race and moved up many places on the Overall GC due to their persistence and never say die attitude. Wesley learned about time bonuses as he took a close second in the road race and lost the overall lead. But, he did take home the King of the Mountains jersey and 2nd place on the GC as well as more understanding of stage racing. Meanwhile, the u23 fellas did enough in a torrential downpour to secure mid pack GC spots in their first road race of 2019.
Overall, we got everything we needed out of our first big road trip this year. Lessons galore and fitness to boot, plus a fun drive. Now it’s finally time to sleep 😴
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