Okay, I've got a lot to cover, so give yourself at least ten minutes to read this post.
Most Improved: Dan Ritter
New to the sport in 2006, Dan drastically improved in 2007, cutting off nearly eight minutes on his 20km TT. Even as I type, Dan is probably continuing his training in Colorado, readying to storm the MI-scene in '08.
Best Beginning 15-18 : Noah Veltkamp
From the start of the 2007 season, Noah was always in the mix. It surprised me how he could be so competitive in Junior races when he was only fifteen.
Best Beginning 10-14: Alexey Vermeulen
Duh, this is a no-brainer. Generally the winner in the 10-14 races, Alexey usually stayed with the main group in the 10-18 races.
Most Consistent: Tony Wieczorek
Lacking a powerful sprint, Tony has showed extreme resilience to bigger and older competitors. But on time trials, Tony rolls.
Toughest: Rem Vermeulen
At ten years old (almost eleven), Rem has fought physical and mental struggles. The physical struggle of being smaller than all of the 15-18 racers, and the mental struggle of watching those 15-18 year olds ride away from him. Rem has weathered the storm.
Most Dominant: Zach Mcbride
Not only a force in the Junior category, Zach is a fierce competitor in the Cat 3 races, and has racked up wins in both categories.
Most Unfortunate: Tony Wieczorek
Poor Tony has suffered much this year, at the hands of the pavement and the Cat 3 field.
Best 15-18 Team: Saturn of Toledo Shell. With Dan Ritter, Brinkman and many others, Saturn has rocked this year.
Best Duo: James Anderson and Alexey Vermeulen
After riding together in practically every race, we work great together, and did I mention that we did a team time trial.
Best Development Club: Ann Arbor Velo Club
In a year when Junior cycling struggled AAVC still did what they do best. Find juniors and develop them.
Men Cat 4
Most Lethal: Cody Brown
Out of the four races he's done, he's got three wins.
Most Underrated: Dan Simundza
Starting off as a Cat 5er, Dan quickly upgraded to the Cat 4 ranks and did extremely well. He deserves a lot of credit.
Most Improved: Zack Maino
Zack definitely improved this year, and it showed.
Best Time Trialer: David Morrissey
Turning in 27 minutes on 20km is...really good.
Best Sprinter: Brent DelRosario
When it comes down to a time trial, don't expect Brent to win, but in a sprint, put your money on Brent.
Most Consistent: Scott Gifford
So consistent, so very consistent.
Best Team: Ann Arbor Velo Club
I think that that was an obvious answer. With Dan, Zack, David, Scott, Eric, Chris and many other weapons, AAVC's Cat 4 team ROCKS!
Men Cat 3
Best Racer: Nate Williams
Well, when you're 20-something, and you've been racing Cat 3 for two years, you get pretty good.
Most Consistent: Darell Anderson
This isn't favoritism, Dad was consistently in the right break and even though he didn't win all the sprints, his consistency helped him.
Best Team: South Lyon Cycle
They have (had) many weapons.
Men Cat 1/2
Best Racer: Greg Christian
He won races, and he consistently defended his lead in the Michigan Points Challenge Series.
Most Improved: Rob Iser.
Rob used his wiliness to get himself into good breaks and Time Trialed well.
Best Team: West Michigan Coast Riders
They dominated this year.
Best Racer: Mackenzie Woodring
I ponder whether it was really fair for Woodring to absolutely school the poor amateur riders that stood it in her path, day in and day out.
Best Cat 4 Racer: Heather Mitchell
In all honesty, I don't know much about Heather Mitchell.
Best Team: Wolverine Sports Club
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Best Racer: Ray Dybowski
"Big Ray" was lights out this year, winning four races!
Best 35-44 Racer: Rob Iser
Rob was good this year, as I said before.
Most Consistent: Ray Barbehenn
Part two of my awards will follow in a day or two. I feel kind of bad because there are so many people that deserve awards.