This weekend Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop made the trip down to southern Alabama for the Dothan CityFest criterium. Lots of strong teams and strong riders made the journey down to Dothan for this fun, fast, well-organized criterium. The race is part of Dothan City Fest with tons to do for the kids (everything from pony rides to jump zones) and some great entertainment for the adults too. The Pro race had plenty of competition from individual riders and several strong teams. Team Type I, AeroCat, Team Global Bike, and Locos all had full squads. Ben, Luke, Thomas, and Travis represented the team.
The course was a straightforward four-corner criterium with a slight uphill through the start finish line followed by a fast downhill backside. The quartet formed their tactics on the drive down and went into the race knowing exactly how they wanted to play to their strengths. Travis was to follow all dangerous early moves and Ben was to use his strength to be aggressive. With two capable sprinters in Luke and Thomas, the team was happy with a field sprint if it came down to that.
Both Travis and Ben did an incredible job representing the team throughout the early part of the race. Luke showed his speed by winning the crowd prime at the halfway point. As the race progressed attacks kept coming. Sensing a lull with 13 laps remaining, Ben attacked solo. He built up a quick lead and spent the next ten laps solo off the front only to be pulled in at 3 to go. Meanwhile Luke and Thomas linked up and waited. Coming into the final lap the duo was around 20th position. They surged forward together coming into the final corner, but the move from so far back was JUST to long. Ty Magner of the TT1 development team beat them to the corner and secured the victory. Luke and Thomas had run out of room and had to settle for the final spots on the podium.
Adam Myerson and Jerome Townsend go 2 for 2 in New England
Not to be outdone by their teammates' strong showing in Dothan, AL, Adam and Jerome netted another two victories this weekend for Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop. Adam won the Chris Hinds Fuji Sunshine Crit on Saturday, and the New England duo repeated on Sunday with a 1-2 finish at the Beanpot Criterium.
Saturday, April 2: Chris Hinds Fuji Sunshine Crit in Charlestown, RI
Here's a report from the man himself:
I won this race last year, too. It's a flat, windy, 9/10 mile course on a permanent criterium course in a town park, directly only the ocean. Wind is always a factor, and over the 90-minute race, there is almost always a breakaway.
I felt good immediately and found myself racing a little too much, so I sat back some and waited for the break to form, feeling like I could go across to it. Sure enough, about an hour in, I covered an attack from Frank McCormack, and then Al Donahue and 1 other came up behind. A third group of 6 connected after that, but everyone seemed to content to be there, and no one wanted to work. I started attacking the break until I got clear again with Al and Mark McCormack, while the break and the field split behind us.
Eventually we lapped and went through the field, but so did the chase group. With 10 to go we had to keep driving to make sure we stayed clear, and finally with 3 to go we started attacking each other, knowing we wouldn't be caught. Al hit the last corner with a small gap, but I was able to run him down and repeat the win.
- Adam Myerson - Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop (1:31:01)
- Alec Donahue - Wheelhouse/NCC Cycling
- Mark McCormack - Team FUJI/Clif
- Ben Wolfe - BayHillCapital/CLNoonan
- Adam Sullivan - Embrocation Cycling Journal
Adam also gives his take on Sunday:
I won this race 5 times previously: 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, and way, way back in 1993, when it was just a collegiate race. I had Jerome there with me, so I was looking forward to having a teammate to take turns attacking with. The course is a 6-corner, fast, hilly, technical, windy crit that rides more like a 'cross race; perfect for Jerome and me. It only took about 10 minutes for the field to shatter, and Jerome pulled clear a group of 5 that included both of us, Al Donahue, Pete Bell, and Pat Gougen. The group worked well together until we were in sight of lapping the field, and that's when the attacking started. I lapped first, followed by Al, but sat on until Jerome made it across as well. That pattern repeated itself until it was clear we weren't getting away alone, and it came down to a long, headwind field sprint. I took win number 6, with Jerome in second, for a TMK 1-2.
- 293, Adam Myerson - Team Mountain Khakis pb SmartStop
- 288, Jerome Townsend - Team Mountain Khakis pb SmartStop
- 239, Patrick Goguen - Team CF
- 237, Alec Donahue - NCC/Wheelhouse/JamFund
- 283, Aaron Hubbell - NUVO Cultural Trail
Next up, the team’s first big test.
A very successful weekend for the entire team. The hard races will serve as the perfect final preparations for the teams first big test next weekend - The Sunny King Criterium in Anniston Alabama. This will be the first National Racing Calendar event for the team this year and will be a real opportunity to see where the team stacks up against the national level competition.