Monday, July 06, 2009

Cedar Rapids....

We spent the day in Cedar Rapids yesterday for the Iowa State Criterium Championships. It was a beautiful day with a great course and some awesome racing. Saw a lot of old friends and stood there and listened while Jackal told my buddy Brent Hauser that "the reason everyone knows my dad is because he has a big mouth". Wow! That was the compliment of lifetime! Thanks!!! :)

On a more serious note: All of the racing was good. And very fast. It was a 6/10 of a mile rectangle on 2nd and 3rd Avenues which crossed the Cedar at Mays Island twice. Pretty flat and very fast. There were a few crashes in the 4's race, which didn't surprise me because the riders were very close and intense. I thought it was starting to get a bit ugly in the final laps when people started crowding each other. Group sprint finish behind one solo break-away rider. Good stuff! Jackal led a few times and was looking pretty good throughout the race. I think 40 started and 30 or so finished. Fast pace from the start that never slowed down.

Landon and Richard did a good job of representing Bike Tech in the Masters 50+ race, as did Mike Johnson in the 4's race. Good job, guys!

The pro/1/2 race was intense right down to the wire. The group of 5 that broke away actually lapped the rest of the field with 2 to go. Thought that might hold the lead group back in the confusion at the end but with one to go the leaders all got through the pack and sprinted it out. Very close finish with Brian Eppen taking the win on his single speed. Can you say IMPRESSIVE? Wow! He had just won the single speed race an hour before, right after he'd taken 2nd in the Masters 35+ race. 3 races, 2 victories and a 2nd place. Awesome!

That's about it for now. Pics will be added later. Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th!

Ride safe.

Peace out, yo!


Anonymous Brian B said...

Big mouth? Imagine that.... :-)

1:56 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

i know. hard to believe, eh?

6:38 AM  
Blogger Brian B said...

Go figure.


8:46 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

The riders listen to his coaching, not just Carl.

2:54 PM  

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