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Friday, May 23, 2008

Tour of the Bitterroot - Last Chance Chatter

Tomorrow's event is what seasons are remembered by. In Montana road racing you've got the Rocky Mountain Roubaix, Tour of the Bitterroot, Cow Country, and Star Meadows. To me those are the "Classics" of Montana cycling. These are the events that folks remember performances. That said, three of those four events are coming up in back to back to back weekends. Belt gave a nice preview, but anything can happen with two weeks between races.

Looking at the confirmed rider list it looks like we have the usual suspects. Montana Velo as expected is bringing a strong squad. I had never thought about it this way but if you go by straight category it would make sense that MT Velo is the strongest squad. They don't have any cat 3's, it's 1's and 2's. Their experience and overall strength make them a favorite to take the title for the second year in a row. If the road race is anything like last year it will be a war of attrition. When it gets down to that select group I could see 3-4 MT Velo dudes making the selection. Scott is riding well but hasn't broken through with a Herzig like victory. If his fitness is good I think Velo will look to Scott for the W. I don't see Kiefer on the confirmed list but I can't see the defending champ not showing. I don't think Velo has a plan yet and that makes them harder to mark. GAS rode great in Belt with both Curry and Brad Morgan making the split. I think Sebastian (sp) and Alex Lussier will be on form and ready to rock. Other wild cards include the series leader J. Tack. Bob has been riding strong this year and should be his biggest helper. The road race course suits Tack, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him take the sprint even with no teammates in the split. Sportsmans has also had strong start. Parsons and Muhlfeld are riding great. I think Ben is ready for a breakthrough performance this year. He had a great season last year and has just missed the move in Roubaix and Belt. He'll come good this weekend. Seeley leads a revamped 5vv squad. He hasn't raced much, but don't count out Seeley in anything with a time trial and distance.

Road race I'm going with Benny Parsons.

Criterium (everyone is a sprinter in MT) I'll pick Kiefer, and if he doesn't race my back up is Brad Morgan

Time trial, it's hard to pick against Seely, so I won't, Matt Seely

Overall, Nacho Tack will take the victory

1 comment:

Kyle said...

Shaun, I am pretty sure that Keifer is racing, and I know Ben isn't. Sorry to ruin your prediction.

kss

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