Best Team Tactics: Tim Finkel and Cruise Bogedin going 1-2 at Cone Azalia for Wolverine Sports Club. The whole team supported them, as evidenced by Alan Smith giving up his race and his wheels so that Tim could recover from a mechanical. The Finkelstein did not disappoint, bridging up to the lead breakaway with Bogedin. They made no mistake in the end.
Best Breakaway: How about the 65 mile breakaway of Adam York and Geoff Kuyper at the Tour of Kensington Valley road race? They attacked a mile into the race, putting six minutes into the pack before York muscled himself away from Kuyper to win the race.
Most Disastrous Team Tactics: the unfortunate plight of Fusion/It at the Tour de Frankenmuth, Category 4. It’s sad really, because they raced quite nobly, setting the tempo with several riders in a field that usually tends to do a lot of shadow boxing. After neutralizing all attacks, they hoped to set up their sprinter. Unfortunately their sprinter was caught up in the mass crash within the last mile. Their valiant efforts yielded no finishers in the top 15.
The David and Goliath Award is awarded to Alexey Vermeulen for attacking from eight miles out to win the Cat 3 Maillot Jaune Road Race. When he went flying off the front, no one really knew what to do. I hear mixed reports of what communication was going on in the pack. Whatever happened, the answer is this: the pack couldn’t bring him back.
Best Website: Rob Sroka’s Feel It: The Factory Rider. The Ohio native stayed true to his blog, keeping it updated, and each update had great quality to it. The sweet pictures he takes and his perspective on the sport make http://www.feelitrobert.blogspot.com/ a great blog to read.
The “You Earned It” Award is awarded to Tony Wieczorek for taking home the “V” at the Milford Crit. In doing so, he out sprinted the legendary fast man Chris Brinkman. It was a familiar story of Tony and Chris going at it, though usually Chris wins. This time, Wieczorek turned the tables and is now a Cat 2!
The Holy Socks Award (awarded to the best public display of pain) is awarded to Scott Walburn for his smack-down at the Tour de Frankenmuth. Put together 59 riders, half a road’s space, and the adrenaline of one mile to go and you’ve got a crash waiting to happen. Walburn broke his collarbone…and did not finish the race.
The Super Field Fodder Award (given to the person who does an amazing job of hanging on) is awarded to Scott Kroske for finishing in the first chase group at the Tour de Frankenmuth, in his FIRST CAT ½ RACE! Kroske seized the opportunity and took off with Ben Whitehead, John Zaccone, Will Mclaughlin, and Ray Huang enroute to a ninth place finish! The short, fat, bald man (no disrespect intended) did the unthinkable, beating Sheldon Deeny of Bissell Pro and Scott Stewart of Waste Management!!!