Aaron lives in Brazil and this was a local race for him. He’s building up for Brazil National TT.
Here was Aaron’s report to his coach post-race, “Fantastic morning at the local Circuit Race here – As always the break went almost from the gun… 2 went then 1 bridged and I wasn’t in position to go – after a few laps they had 20″ and I took a flyer off a corner as I was strong there… I did a couple of long solo laps at about minute 17+ trying to catch them but they squeezed when I just 5″ off…oh so close 🙂 Figured I’d be better off waiting for the peloton as opposed to going to inside out that long that early. Attacks constantly for the next 40′. On the final lap, into a headwind, I went way wide from the paceline and gave 110% with 250m to go to the final corner… No one had an answer and I took the best of the rest for 4th by perhaps 50m?! I was and am still fired up!”
ThirstyBear Cycling was very well represented at this years Patterson Pass with Leila, Jenny, Tanya, Phipps, Brenon, Ron, Holger, Hans, Alan x2, Max, Piers, Scot & Eric all showing their climbing skills at the pass.
Below are race reports from the many fields that ThirstyBear Cycling took active part in.
W 1/2/3 By Leila Cavanaugh (Cat 3)
The Women’s Road Race had 21 starters. It was a very hilly race with over 7,000 feet of climbing. This was my first time doing this race and I was a little nervous thinking about doing three laps. As the race progressed Tanya wasn’t “feeling it”. We hit the first climb and I realized that I was feeling a little off myself. The race pace picked up and I found myself in the second group chasing with a group of 5. Tanya was there for awhile but realized it wasn’t her day. :(. It was difficult fighting the wind but my group managed to get within 30 seconds of the main field until we fell apart. I decided to push on and finish the race. I basically road the last lap alone. The race results separated the Cat. 3 places. I ended up getting 3rd for the Cat. 3’s. I was 11th overall.
Pro 12 By Chris Phipps (Cat 1)
Decided to race with the young’ns today and I was the only 40+ in the field with the only other two 35+ being Jan Weissenberger & Josh Dapice. I thought the extra hour of racing would do me some good as I prepare for masters nationals in a month (Jan’s coach’s idea).
There were 35 guys in the field with Marc-Pro Strava & Mike’s Bikes being the strong teams with 4 guys each. I recognized most of the names of the guys in the race from results, but wasn’t sure how good these guys were on the climbs & long races.
I spun around for about 5 min before the race since a 4 hour race would be pushing my endurance limit & I didn’t want to waste too much on the warm-up. The first lap started hard & fast with no easy first lap like I had hoped. Tyler Brandt (Get Crackin’) was setting the pace the first time up the climb & by the top we had already lost 5 guys & were down to 30. The quick pace continued with Marc-Pro & Mike’s animating things with attacks. I got gapped and really had to struggle to get back on during the 50mph tailwind descent spinning my compact 50-11 at about 140rpm. Jan was in the chase group with me and tried to pull me to the group but I couldn’t even hold his wheel at that speed. Luckily it slowed a bit when they made the right turn into the headwind and I was able to reintegrate. We came through the 1st lap in around 1:02:15, which tied my Strava PR for my fastest lap on the course in 35+ races. Surely we would slow down a bit now.
Nope, the second lap was 1:00:57, even faster and now we were down to about 20 guys. The 3rd lap was faster yet (I was 59:37) & now were were down to 11 guys in the field with a 3 man break (Chris H-D Marc Pro, Brandon Trafton – Mike’s & Matt Rodrigues – Davis) about a minute ahead.
Justin Rossi & Art Rand from Marc Pro set the pace up the 4th climb & by the top our 11 man chase group was down to 5 with me just barely hanging on.
As we headed up to Altamont, Rossi attacked and only Adam Switters (Mike’s) was able to follow. So, now there were 3 leaders, 2 chasers, then me, Airel Herman (Metromint) & Art Rand chasing with Rand just sitting on. I did all I could to take even pulls with Herman & with 2K to go when I saw we were catching Rossi & Switters took a pull with all I had to perhaps give Herman a chance to catch them but he couldn’t quite bridge it. I was toast and coasted across in 8th (t-shirt for top 10!), but was happy that I was able to do a 4 hour race without bonking or cramping.
Really looking forward to Nats!
Elite 3 By Piers Barry (Cat 3)
A solo rider drifted slowly and easily off the front. After the feed zone the bear development rider started to attack off the front on the climb, prompting a series of attacks. Scot and I were smart enough to see that this was the winning move, but not in choosing which wheels to follow. With a strong head wind I tried to stay behind a strong looking couple riders and ride up to the leading group without expending too much energy. Around a sharp (blind) corner the gaps widened and we were 200 feet then 200 yards behind the move. Scot and I worked hard on the front, doing the majority of the work, helping each other stay close. It wasn’t quite enough. Scot almost popped near the top but with mental dig and small push he was able to lead the way over the top and maintain speed. With a few wheel suckers behind not helping us we pushed hard on the descent. A strong rider from Big Orange was with us drafting then went off the front (we were close enough that he caught the break and ended up 3rd). I got some calf cramps and had to sit behind Scot for a mile or so to recover. I would have been dropped completely without that help. That was some pretty fun teamwork. Eric was a few minutes behind us powering away trying to close down the gap.
With 14 miles to go we started pulling harder to try to close the gap. We did manage to get closer and kept thinking we were coming up on dropped E-3’s but they were always riders from other categories. At 3 miles to go at the base of the final climb we could see 2 riders ahead of us. I went to the front, Scot dropped back a tiny bit and we ended up passing them, and could see the group finishing around the corner as we approached the finish. We crossed the line in 9th and 10th position with Eric 16th just a few minutes behind.
45+123 By Max McKinley (Cat 2) WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY
55+123 By Alan Roberts (Cat 2)