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! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

3 in a row!

It was another beautiful night for racing and the G-Tour was at the Mendon course.  The Mendon course is a good one because it has some rollers, some wind and enough turns and hills to allow a break to get out of sight making it easier to stick to the end!  On the 1st lap Nick went off the front to set the tone immediately, this was going to be a tough race.  He was eventually caught before the end of the first lap but it was a good way to get the race going.  Immediately after the end of the 1st lap Geoff rolled off the front with no immediate reaction from the group giving someone the opportunity to launch in to a bridge and get a break going and that's exactly what happened.  Frank from CNB was the first to make a move and Dave saw the opportunity and jumped too.  Doug from Park Ave also made the move and the break was on!  The four riders were working well together and extending the gap over the main group.  Bob from Pedallers bridged a  little later in lap 2 and a solid break of 5 was putting the hammer down.  The break of 5 guys continued to extend their gap over the main field throughout the next two laps however the pace was taking its toll on some of the guys and on lap 3 Bob and Doug were dropped.  Frank, Geoff and Dave continued to work together until Frank was lost on lap 4 and Geoff fell off on lap 5.  Dave was left to solo the last nine minutes of the race and crossed the line well ahead of the main group for his third G-Tour win in a row!

In the bunch sprint Jochen showed his sprinting chops and got in there for a 6th place!

Awesome showing by the whole Dorschel/Reed Eye team!

Bunch finish at Wheatland

Finally some nice spring weather for a Tuesday race and the Dorschel/Reed Eye team took advantage.  The group raced four laps with primes on laps 1, 2, and 3 and Dorschel was in the mix for all the points!  On lap one Nick was off the front however wasn't able to entice anyone to bridge to him and was caught before the two rollers on the finish road.  Points were up for grabs as we crossed the finish line for the first time so Dave gave it a go and was narrowly edged out for 1st but was able to pick up the 2nd place points for the prime.  As the 2nd lap continued guys continued to try and get off the front however pack welding was the theme of the night and the group came together again before the 2nd prime.  Again Dave went for more points and was again narrowly edged out for 1st place points and had to settle for 2nd.  The third lap was very similar to the first two however this time Dave couldn't be denied and won the prime.  Lap four again had attacks some of which looked like they had the legs to stay away but it wasn't to be and the sprint would be on for the finish.  It was a hectic sprint with many guys starting their sprint too early but Dave was there at the end and took the sprint win by half a wheel!  Jerry also got in the points with a strong 5th place finish!