February 24, 2019
Good afternoon! This morning's race welcomed Donald Christian's family, as well as several newcomers. Thirty-five cyclists took part in the Donald's Challenge Road Race, which took place on the South Shore Rd. Check out the great photos on our FB page. (Thank you , Michelle!)
Eight Elite cyclists were lined up at 7am to take on 6 laps of the 42-mile course. The whole group rode together until the fourth lap where Dominic Pugliese, Mikey Dizon-Bumann, Scott "Moose" Marusa and Mark Defour pulled ahead of the rest. On lap five, Dom planned an attack but then experienced a mechanical issue and dropped out. That left Mikey with Moose to broaden the gap by over two minutes. It came down to a sprint finish on lap six, in which youth out weighed the mass. Mikey crossed the line in 2:06:27; Moose was second in 2:06:36. Mark Defour outsprinted Jerry Remie for third place in 2:12:22.
The strong group of Expert riders were divided by the end of the first lap of their 4-lap race. Morgan Theophane., John Harper and Dedrick Luikens added a minute to their lead by lap 2, nearly catching up to the Elite riders. Dedrick suffered a flat on lap 3, which gave Morgan the chance to grab more time in front of John. John recovered time on the final lap and finished one second behind Morgan in a time of 1:25:54. Troy Holloway and former VI cyclist, Tim Smith, rode together for the whole race. Troy crossed the line in third place one second ahead of Tim in a time of 1:27:40.
The Sport group was mixed with the Women's category, as they all covered 3-laps or 21 miles. A mixed group of 8 cyclists rode together for the first two laps, while the newcomers were starting to feel the distance in their legs. Olani Vanterpool gave a good challenge to Miguel Cruz as they sprinted for first place. Olani was first in 1:12:29. Miguel finished with the same time; Kasey Canton was third, just 3 seconds behind them, along with the first place female, Catherine Seguin, Megan Lambert was second in 1:12:38 and Laverne Fredericksen was third.
The small Masters division also completed three laps. Hubert Abraham took first place in 1:20:57 and Valentine Dore was second in 1:24:46. Fred Rollins was third. A modified distance was set this morning for two junior riders, Mason Lambert and Miko Dizon-Bumann, who started teh race with the Masters riders. They rode 2 laps (14 miles) only. Mason finished in 59:39 while Miko crossed the line in 1:10:31. The full results are attached
The next race on the VICF schedule is on Sunday, March 17 at 7am. Course TBD. Please make note of the junior triathlon next Sunday at Cramer's Park (ages 5-15) and the Wall-2-Wall Sprint Triathlon & Try-a-Tri on March 10. Relays are welcome!
Be safe, ride with a light and bright-colored jerseys