Your browser (Internet Explorer 7 or lower) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.

X

Tom Lyons Victory at Madera Stage Race 45+

Turbo Tom Lyons securing his Victory at Madera Stage Race thanks to great team effort. Photo <a href="http://acaurora.smugmug.com">Alex Chui</a>
Turbo Tom Lyons securing his Victory at Madera Stage Race thanks to great team effort. Photo Alex Chui

Madera Stage Race 45+, Day 1 – Ben Hur Hillclimb TT

10.3mi. First 6mi rolling hills, with 5mi good pavement. Miles 6&7 horrible pavement. Miles 6-9 were uphill and the last mile rolling.

Shawn Daly going all in to finish strong in the TT. Photo Alex Chui
Shawn Daly going all in to finish strong in the TT. Photo Alex Chui

I used a full TT setup; Dan Quirk used aero bars on a road bike; Shawn Daly used foam on his road bike bars to rest his forearms. It looks like it’s going to be a ThirstyBear vs Hammer throw down. Our teams have 6 of the top 9 places. We have a flat 10mi TT tomorrow to set up the GC going into the CRIT and RR.

Results from today: 1. Adams, Hammer 33:12, 2. Lyons, TB +0:20, 3. Ziesing, Hammer +0:58, 4. Nielsen, Ca Tech +1:06, 5. Quirk, TB +1:07, 6. Martin, R4R +1:10, 7. Miller, Victory Velo +2:18, 8. Albrecht, Hammer +2:26, 9. Daly, TB +2:29, 10. Baumgardner, Global CTI +3:12

ThirstyBear Shawn Daly warming up.
ThirstyBear Shawn Daly warming up.

Madera Stage Race – DAY 2

Today we had a flat 10.4mi TT in the morning and a 40min CRIT in the afternoon.

We were down 20 secs in GC going into today and interested in making that up before we started chasing time bonuses in the CRIT (and RR tomorrow). I beat Ron Amos (GC leader from Hammer) by 22 seconds in the TT and took the GC lead …

When TT bike is not an option let us improvise. Photo Alex Chui
When TT bike is not an option let us improvise. Photo Alex Chui

DQ’s time is inaccurate but we think he rode well and kept his 5th place standing. Shawn held his 9th in GC despite his custom foam bar padding falling apart from the rough road.

Dan Quirk in impressive TT Style. Photo Alex Chui
Dan Quirk in impressive TT Style. Photo Alex Chui

Over lunch at Chowchilla’s finest, we devised a plan for the CRIT. I wanted to chase the prime time bonuses (two 5 sec primes) and go for the stage too (20-10-5 sec time bonuses for 1-2-3 on stage). It was a risk because it would depend in me getting in position to sprint and then actually try to win the sprint. But it seemed like a fun challenge so I asked the guys if we could do this.

Dan and Shawn were amazing. They rode solely for the team GC and we controlled the race! They set me up for the first prime which I took over Dave Albrecht. Then Dan got in a two man break that nabbed the second prime. I was up 7 secs on GC now heading into the final laps. I was hoping to get it over 10 because the road race has 30-20-10 time bonuses.
DQ and Shawn took control the last two laps and I picked my place heading into the final turn. I got a good jump but Albrecht blew by in the last 100. Then Chris Ott got me right at the line for 2nd but I held on for third and got 5 more secs time bonus!

We are up 12 seconds in GC going into the road race. Going to be another great team dual…. We are ready for anything!

Results are up at USA cycling.
Not sure if Jason will send an update but he is doing fantastic in the 35+ after his killer TT (he equaled the time of the third place P12 guy today!). He should be leading GC.

Day 3 – Road Race

We raced with the 35’s today which created a little wrinkle to things since Jason was up 14 seconds in 35+ GC and I was up 12 seconds in 45+. With time bonuses of 30-20-10 on the finish line today, we knew there would be some tactics within the groups but we weren’t sure how the 35’s and 45’s would affect each other’s outcome. The race had a few surges and a couple break attempts but the main feature of the race is a 4mi section of really bad “road” that we had to do each lap. We did 4 laps for about 68mi.
They posted a start time of 8:15 for the 45’s (and we were told we were racing with the Cat-4’s) but when we got to the start, it was 8:10 with the 35’s. I barely made it but Shawn and two other guys didn’t get there in time so they missed the race. VeloPromo blew that one – you never start a race earlier than posted.
Dan Quirk was an amazing teammate today (once again – remember Eugene last year)…. We felt that we needed to be the team in charge and also agreed it would be best for him to try to lead the field through the rough road at a good pace to discourage attacks each lap, which he did for laps 2-3-4. I was on his wheel each time. Incredible! A break formed on the last lap with 45+ guys Hunter Z (Hammer), Roger Martin (R4R), and David Maminski (Morgan Stanley). It happened fast and they immediately got a 1:15 gap mostly because our field stopped pedaling when they rode away. Martin and Hunter were 3-4 on GC (2:10/2:40 back). Dan and I got to the front and came up with a plan to keep them within a minute but not catch them. As long as they go 1-2-3 and only win by less than 1:40, we were good. I took the first 5mi smooth road section and pulled it to within 45 secs (towing the entire field, much to their delight I’m sure). Then a Mike’s Bikes 35+ guy took over for a mile before his teammate (Ryan, 2nd on GC) told him to get off the front. Dan came up and brought us through the rough road to the final 2K while I kept an eye on the three leaders. Then some action ensued within our group to position for the sprint but we easily held on to the GC by finishing in the group! The pack finished right on the heels of the three breakaway guys so Dan and I paced it perfectly…. Team TB!!!!!!
Tom Lyons Leading the field at Madera Road Race. Photo Alex Chui
Tom Lyons Leading the field at Madera Road Race. Photo Alex Chui
Jason won the field sprint which meant he won the 35+ race and took GC too. We’ve got the t-shirts….
I loved racing with Dan and Shawn. We took the GC over Hammer and their two national champions with fantastic teamwork. It’s easy to put in the extra effort when you know your teammates are all in and working toward a common goal…. We go yellow, protected it, and took it home….
45+ GC
1. Lyons, TB 4:19:33
2. Amos, Hammer +0:12
3. Martin, R4R +1:49
4. Ziesing, Hammer +2:11
5. Quirk, TB +3:05
6. Albrecht, Hammer +3:18
…..
Tom
Thanks to great team effort by Dan and Shawn, Tom Lyons could step up highest on the podium at Madera Stage Race.
Thanks to great team effort by Dan and Shawn, Tom Lyons could step up highest on the podium at Madera Stage Race.

Leave a comment