After many weeks of "Practice", the final "Big Payout" Aliquippa Criterium was held this Memorial Day weekend. Cat 4 / 45+ Race: The first race for me (Henry Dimmick) was the 45+ race. Focusing on the mid race sprints for cash ($20), at about 500 meters out, two riders jumped and I got immediately on their wheel. Once the lead rider finally blew up, the second position rider never pulled through, so I began my attack...at about 300+ meters out! I kept the sprint going the whole way to the line, only to be nipped by a wheel by the only rider that was able to stick with me :) With 4 laps to go, there was a crash in front of me. Only one rider went to the deck, with two riders on either side clipped out and weaving. I was full on the brakes looking to for a way through, and at the last minute just missed the head and hands of the downed rider, but stayed up. However, by now, the peleton was GONE... so I woosed out and abandoned, knowing that I was also riding in the next race. Cat 1/2/3 Race: The last race of the day, was the Cat 1/2/3 race, entered by Dave Shaffer, Mark Briercheck, Sam Morrison and me. Early on, Dave Shaffer was off on a break that we though would stick, especially as the rest of us went to the front of the attack group to disrupt the catch. But the breakaways riders apparently did not want to work together, so everything came back together. While getting ready for the next mid-race sprint for $20, two rider took off the front, followed by Sam and a fourth rider. Again, Mark and I went to the front of the group to interrupt the organization of a threatening chase. Sam stayed out front for at least 2 laps before finally getting drawn back into the main group. While we were not able to get fully organized for a full sprint leadout, we had good results with Dave Shaffer finishing "in the money" :) Dave Shaffer - 5th Sam Morrison - 11th Mark Briercheck - 27th Henry Dimmick - 28th ALSO - Stay tuned for a future post of lots of great pictures from all the 2009 Aliquippa races taken by Fred Jorden!
OK. Our numbers are building! Sam Morrison, Dave Shaffer, Mark Briercheck and I (Henry Dimmick) all showed for this week's Series Final criterium. Problem is... I forgot my shoes :( Individual and Series Results Pending... Cat 1/2/3 Race: Sam Morrison Dave Shaffer Mark Briercheck
Mother's Day was just another day for Dave Shaffer, Mark Briercheck and T.Lyle Ferderber! Cat 1/2/3 Race: 10th - Mark Briercheck 17th - Dave Shaffer Cat 4/5 Race: 19th - T.Lyle Ferderber
Well it has been a little over a week since Dave Shaffer and I (Mark Briercheck) got back from our North Carolina Mountain Training Camp. We have been going down there every spring for quite a few years now. I must say that if you have never ridden in the mountains of NC and TN you are missing out some great riding. We had 4 solid days of riding with the icing on the cake being a climb called 'Little Switzerland'. It was a little under a 10 mile long climb. I think our climb time on Little Switzerland was a little under 45 minutes. In addition to the climbs (and crazy descents), the scenery and the roads are just amazing. And by the time it is all over you come home with a little bit of fitness in the legs. by Mark Briercheck
Mike Maher did it! He RAN a half marathon... in 1:50:54, when he could have biked it! See "Live Proof" via KDKA's Finish Line Footage. FF to 1:51:26 on the overhead Race Clock... look for the Ag3r jersey with the sleeves cut off and Mike's "GUNS" hanging out! So, what's next for Mike? Triathlons? ...or Body Building ?!?!?!
Brian Hopkins finished this challenging event as the 9th Place Cat 3. ...as if racing a flat TT isn't painful enough :)
Dave Shaffer and Henry Dimmick raced the CAT 1/2/3 Aliquippa Industrial Park Criterium today.
Dave finished 6th Overall, 4th in field sprint.
Henry finished 16th Overall, off the back of the lead group in his first race of the season since coming back from a knee injury.