Spring racing is always unpredictable and the Tiger Lane Crit series was no exception. Wind, chill, and water, an extra adversary, were in play during the four week series in Memphis where the local and not so local teams(as far as middle and east Tennessee) come to test their fitness and racing tactics in the early racing season. The Cat5 division of this series had a wide range of talent, with many gifted athletes cutting their teeth at racing and joining the entry level of this sport and pushing the envelope as evidenced in the shredding of the field in all four races. David Piercey completed all four races and endured a crash in the second and proved himself as a bicycle racer in addition to an accomplished triathlete. Bobby Haynes came back from early season adversity of illness and a significant crash that prevented him from racing, in the fourth installment of the series and showed tremendous courage and perseverance. Eddy Koonce completed three of the four and was consistent in mid field and gleaned experience and a plan for improvement as the season progresses. The last in the series of races started with the race course drying from a recent shower and the pace was high averaging over 25mph for the laps leading up to the deluge. All three of us were in the main pack at this point then the bottom fell out. Sheets of water fell, the course was compressed to following the wake of the tire in front of you, and everyone got pretty edgy. The field shredded although no one knew it as you could not see five feet in front of you until the last couple of laps when the rain stopped. Thankfully we all ended rubber side down and no mishaps! The Memphis folks put on a great series and kudos to all that made it a successful event. Looking forward to next year!
– report from Eddy Koonce