Travis, Ben, Neil, and Jon enjoyed a Saturday close to home as they took on the Boone Roubaix. Dubbed the "Hell of the High Country" this race features numerous dirt climbs with grades over 20%. The Boone Roubaix gave the boys a chance to test out their Belgian-grade Noah Ridley’s on challenging terrain and enjoy some variety before resuming an ambitious criterium schedule next Saturday at SpeedWeek.
The field shattered 10 miles into the race, on the first of the day's dirt climbs. Travis made the lead group of 4 with TMK alum Andy Baker (Bissell Pro Cycling), Brian Sheedy (Lees McRae), and Kerry Werner (BMC Mountain Bike Team). This group worked smoothly all the way until the finish, where Brian Sheedy's early sprint gave him enough momentum the hold off a closing Travis Livermon.
For much of the race, Jon and Neil drove a 5-man chase group that took nearly a minute out of the leaders' gap but couldn't quite close the deal. After a series of late-race attacks disrupted the chase, Neil rolled ahead with Nick Housley of Chemstar p/b United Healthcare. Neil took 5th and Jon was 7th, only seconds behind.
Though flat tires were a common experience for many, TMK suffered none as the boys wisely chose to use their race-capable Maxxis Detonator training tires on the rough dirt roads in Boone.
Some great pictures of the guys can also be found here.
April 23rd, Boone N.C.
1. Brian Sheedy Lees McRae college
2. Travis Livermon Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop
3. Andy Baker Bissell Pro Cycling
4. Kerry Werner BMC Mountain Biking Team
5. Neil Bezdek Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop
6. Nick Housley Chemstar p/b United Healthcare
7. Jon Hamblen Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop
18th Annual Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race, Ontario, Canada
Another race Inspired by the Paris-Roubaix classic is, the Paris to Ancaster in Ontario has taken place for the past seventeen years over the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads we can find. Combined with unpredictable spring weather and the largest field of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from average riders to Canadian Olympians. Joining the race this year was our own Adam Myerson.
Beset by several mechanicals during the race he eventually finished 11th. Interesting video about the race and at 6:33 you can hear Adam’s perspective on it.
Terrapin Twilight in Athens Next Week
The Terrapin Twilight criterium is next week. This is perhaps the biggest criterium race in the U.S. and a good result there is a big team objective. Not only do the promoters and sponsors of this race do a fabulous job of producing this event they are also very big advocates of an active lifestyle through bicycle safety and education. As part of this effort there are many planned elementary school visits leading up to the big race. We thank Thomas for taking part in these activities and representing us as part of such a positive outreach program.
TEAM MOUNTAIN KHAKIS MEET-N-GREET
Come out and meet the 2011 members of Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop at Half-Moon Outfitters in Athens Georgia before one of the biggest races of the year, Athens Twilight! There will be schwag items and fun give-aways from Mountain Khakis and Half-Moon Outfitters, including a jersey signed by the team, and one free entry into the 24 Hours of Booty - Atlanta!