Oak Ridge Velo Classic Road Race July 27

Chris Winter finishes a strong fourth!

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Cat 3 Report

With forty TBRA points up for grabs, challenging terrain, and tough competition, Alan and I knew that we would need to be prepared for anything. Will Montgomery of I AM Racing, Matt West of 901 Racing and Jacob Williams of Harper Auto were among some of the strongest racers to compete in the 72 mile event.

The first third of the race stayed calm. Racers were willing to get the lay of the race course before testing their legs and the competition. Alan attacked several times in the second third of the race. His last attack drew in two other riders, Matt West of 901 racing and Thomas Evans of Harper Auto. Just before the final major climb Jacob Williams went to the front and Will Montgomery and myself followed his wheel to the top and right up to Matt West, who was more than eager to keep the pace going.

For the final 22 miles the four of us exchanged the work of the pace line. With 200 meters to go and heading up a steep uphill finish we were still together. Shortly thereafter Will Montgomery attacked and went for the line, Jacob Williams followed and I stayed behind Matt West. Unable to muster the strength to match Will’s strong move I pedaled somewhat disappointed across the line in fourth place.

All in all the race was worth the pain and it was exciting being a part of such a strong breakaway. It was the type of road race I have been wanting to be a part of all season.

By Chis Winter

Masters Report

The Masters road race (Tom Gee and Tim Taylor) was two laps, 55 miles total with rolling terrain. It rained a good portion of the race and the only longer climb we pushed hard up it both times. It broke the pack a little, but we still had a large group (35+) together. Any break was reeled in before it could be established, so it was a pack finish on the 5% grade. The sprint was one of those where people were blowing up for the last 300 meters and you just had to pick your way through them. Tom finished 2nd in the 60+ and Tim finished 8th in the 50+.

by Tim Taylor