As the 'cross bikes are getting pulled out of the basement and riders are reluctantly doing some running to make sure they remember how to do it, let's do a quick review of what's happened in the past few weeks.
The FondDuLac criterium was just a warm up for the weekend's big event of course, Midwest Sport's "Race the Lake", a 88.5 mile single lap around Wisconsin's largest lake, Lake Winnebago, on Sunday. Andrew Crater (Aerocat) took the victory check of $2,000 and with the help of a strong field, gets credit for setting a new course record time that comes along with a check for a cool $20,000. (that's no typo folks!) Steve Tilford was there the whole way with the leaders and gives a great blow by blow account of how it all went down. (the only decent photo I've seen of this glorious victory is here but I can't link to it, you'll have to go there and search for it yourself. Looks like I'll have to go next year and shoot some myself!)
Collegiate Track Nationals in Indianapolis on Sept. 23-25th. 2010 Wisconsin TT Champion Kyle Jacobson states that he's been practicing his head butts, so if you can make it down there, I'm sure there should be some exciting racing to watch!
At the half way point, teammates Adam Bergman and Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse) had about a 2 minute gap over the nearest chasers and even this early in the race, time gaps were in the multi-minute range for the top 25 riders. Half way through their first Bluemound State Park lap, however, they were no longer in the lead, it was Max Anderson who moved up from about 5th to the lead. It turned out that Bergman had flatted at the entrance to the park, and Lemieux waited allowing Anderson to take a commanding lead. It's not over until you cross the line, however, and Anderson himself flatted allowing Lemieux to regain the lead somehow without his knowledge. Halfway through his final lap at Bluemound he quized the spectators: "Am I in the lead???" ... "YES YES! YOU'RE LEADING!"
RESULTS) Note that the overall results also have teams, tandems, and single speeds mixed in. One single speed racer was actually on a FIXED GEAR cross bike, who promptly collapsed onto the grass once he crossed the finish line.Chad Hartley slid out on a gravely road section and did not finish. Many riders probably wished they had a similar fate as they dragged themselves over the final miles of very difficult single track. Women's winner Lindsey Kriete flatted not once but twice, rolling across the finish line on a rim in 6hrs 0mins 26secs. (PHOTOS)
Finally, for this report, Lance Armstrong was in Madison this past Sunday for their Ride the Drive event. Here's a short video of the speech he gave prior to the ride. Skip to 5:30 for Lance.
P.S. My heart felt condolences to the family and friends of Pro racer Laurent Fignon who passed away today from colon cancer (VELONEWS). Certainly one of my cycling heroes as I grew up and raced myself.