Sunday, March 29, 2009

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Greetings again,

Sorry it has been so long since the last post. I had to go out of town for the weekend and have not been able to get on the net. I also took some pictures but I left my camera at my friend’s house. I finally got a chance to get some pictures of Matt’s bike and then I managed to leave them behind.

I have been talking to several members of both the Sycamore Cycles racing team as well as the Brevard College Cycling team. It looks like I will post information about both teams on my site. The collegiate team has been having trouble with getting through the school’s rules and regulations. I’ve been talking to several members on the Brevard College team and they agree that it would be great to have a website that is completely different from the schools. That way the team riders can say what they want without going through the guidelines set by the school.

So before I go any further I’m going to go through the normal liability speech. This blog has nothing to do with Brevard College and does not represent the views of the college or the Athletic Department in any way.

This does not mean that I’m going to say bad things about the college, more so there have been a few instances where the college has taken reports written by the riders and twisted them to make it sound more interesting. Instead it made the team look terrible. This is where you can find unbiased reports of the races and happenings with the team.

On a lighter note, the Sycamore team traveled to Hobby Park last weekend. This was one of the first mountain bike races of the season and all the riders sounded happy to be away from rainy road racing and pinning it on fat tires. I was unable to make the race this year due to my visit to my friends, but I heard all about it from T. Cowie. The Pro field was stacked with 10 pros and almost 25 riders. Most of the team was in the Pro/Cat 1 class. Tristan got a good start and followed wheels before making mistakes and slipping back to third. Wes Dickson was in the chase group for most of the race and couldn’t quite catch the group in front of him before he ran out of ground. He ended 7th on the day. Chris Bennett and Matt St. Marie fought off the traffic on the tight course and slipped in just after the KOP in 13th and 15th. Matt Wells, Andrew Griffen, Tim Reinhart rounded out the team’s results today with good starts to the season. Kell Bond and Jenna Walker raced in the morning and pulled off a 4th and a W respectively. In the women’s race Julia Tellman followed the men’s solid results with a 3rd. Guest rider Emily Benson sat in 5th for most of the race before mistaking the number of laps for the women and eventually pulling the plug. Donnie Kirkwood had a great ride in the Masters class with a 2nd. He was very satisfied with his result and his payout.

This current weekend was the Assault on the Carolinas. Most of the Sycamore team skipped the ride because of the chance of inclement weather. Jeff Parker stayed in and rode with the front group for the entire ride. He finished with a time almost 10 minutes faster than his old time. Chris Bennett and Tristan Cowie both rode in the Assault to get good sponsorship coverage for local support; however they both pulled out at the top of Walnut Hollow to save the legs for the next weekend’s race. Julia Tellman along with most of the Brevard College Team completed the 60K option and are riding the entire Assault course on Sunday for some extra training.

Matt Wells is currently in Tennessee for the second round of the SERC series. I unfortunately do not have his phone number so I’ll probably call Tristan and get his results later on. I heard the course was in good shape for the amount of rain but it was supposed to rain more the night before so it will probably be a slip and slide on race day.

I’ll try to write another post as soon as I hear back from Tristan and yes, I will post pictures of Matt’s bike as soon as I get my camera back.

Alex exits.

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