|Written by GAS Cycling Team|
| Monday, 11 August 2008 15:16 |
This weekend riders from around the state converged to Bozeman for the last two races on the Montana road racing calendar. In Saturday’s state championship time trial GAS riders made a strong showing taking gold and silver in the men’s category 1-2 field. John Curry was state champion posting an ultra fast time of 53min38s on the 40 km course. Brad Morgan took second. In the Cat 3 field GAS riders swept the podium. Sebastian White posted a time of 55min24s for first, followed by Brian Frykman and Alex Lussier. We hope to see full results posted on the MBRA website soon.
On Sunday riders enjoyed perfect weather for the Valley West criterium. The GAS/Intrinsik team put on this event, which meant volunteering and cheering on their teammates when other categories were racing. Several local volunteers also donated their time and effort. We are extremely grateful for their help. On the racing side, Chris Lapp and Jason Armstrong perfectly executed a plan to put Chris on the podium’s top step. Jason sacrificed with a strong leadout and Chris put in a long and sustained sprint to take the win in a three-way bike throw photo finish.
In the women’s field Lisa Curry controlled the race, winning an intermediate sprint as well as the sprint for the finish, adding another victory to her successful season. Amy Chiuchiolo made an impressive effort to bridge to the front group after an early race split and was sprinting with the lead group at the finish to take 5th place.
In the men’s 1-2-3 field the GAS team made good use of its large contingent to push the pace high and fast early in the race. The constant attacks eventually put Brad Morgan, and Josh Tack from NRO in a two-man breakaway. John Curry put in an attack that no one could match and bridged up to Brad and Josh. With the three fastest riders in a break, it was clear there was no room left on the podium for anyone else so the rest of the field was battling for fourth. The three riders worked cooperatively to get over a minute lead on the field. A concerted effort by Brad and John in the last lap forced Josh Tack to attack early, as he usually does, but John was able to slip in his draft, positioning himself perfectly to come around in the final 100 meters and take the win to match his wife’s earlier success in the women’s race. In the main peloton, GAS riders Sebastian White, Brian Frykman, and Alex Lussier attacked and counter attacked until the very last moments when they were surprised by a surprise surge from Shawn Radley about 300 meters from the finish. In spite of Brian and Sebastian’s efforts to position Alex for the sprint, the response to Shawn’s attack came too late and Alex had to settle for second in the field sprint. He nonetheless found some redemption by taking 4 intermediate sprint awards and the “most aggressive” rider nomination.
See the Bozeman Daily chronicle story on the Curry couple success here. Or, cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://bozemandailychronicle.com/articles/2008/08/11/sports/000cycle.txt
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