Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wet and rainy but still winning!

It was a wet and rainy night at the Riga course so it was a smaller than usual group but most of the strong men were there!  Three laps on the 9+ mile course and it was relentless attacking from the start.  Dave was the first to go but was quickly absorbed however Nick immediately fired off a counter attack and that got the group flying!  Everyone was together going into the first prime up the hill.  Geoff lit it up and took the first prime with Madden (CNB) to follow.  Shortly after that there was an attack and Nick and Dave were close enough to latch on and then ignite the small group of five to get away.  The group of five consisted of two Dorschel/Reed Eye riders (Dave and Nick), two CNB riders (Hoag and Miner) and one North 40 rider (Mattison).  With the two largest teams represented and some serious hammering going on in the break the five guys continued to extend the gap and were ultimately gone for good.  Dave grabbed one point for 2nd on the second prime and Nick grabbed one point for 2nd on the third prime.  It was pretty clear that Miner (CNB) was the strongest sprinter so Dave and Nick felt the only way to win would be to attack and hope to get off the front of the break and that is exactly what they did.  Nick went first forcing Miner to chase for quite a ways, then immediately after Nick was brought back Dave followed forcing Hoag to chase.  Again as soon as Dave was back in the group Nick went again however this time the group was slower to chase and it was clear the damage was being done.  Once Nick was brought back Mattison (North 40) with a perfectly timed attack went for it and no one had the legs to chase except Dave.  Dave eventually grabbed Mattison's wheel and they exchanged pulls at max effort to stay away.  Dave was able to maneuver in behind Mattison forcing Mattison to lead out and with one last effort Dave launched past Mattison for the win!

Another great tactical showing by the Dorschel/Reed Eye team which resulted in the team's fourth win of the season! 

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