Kirk Morrison closed out the Friday Night Pittsburgh Master's Velo Club Season by competing in the 40+ Open Category Master's Criterium.
During the 40 laps (20 miles) of racing there was lots of wheel to wheel action, with Kirk finishing in 14th Place.
------------------------------- In Kirk's Words: I enjoyed last nights Masters Crit. This was a first for me as I was able to survive some pretty good accelerations from the group. I made some moves for Primes (none successful) and helped to chase down a breakaway. It was surprising how quickly I could slip from the front to the back after a hard effort. Fell off the back a few times but was able to catch back on to finish in the pack.
Thanks to Stephanie for the encouraging cheers !
Great parking lot after-event! Exceptionally well run by Oscar, Stephanie and Sophie. Highly recommended !
The last PMVC Friday Night TT of the 2010 Season was a 15 mile event...with the final races using our TT bikes not far behind. Here comes CycloCross!
After "buying some speed", Kirk headed out onto a busy (and crowded) night on track.
In the end, Ag3r riders found themselves occupying many of the money placings offered by Oscar & Stephanie Swan... "Thanks" to them :)
1st Place - Brian Hopkins 3rd Place - Steve Marlette 4th Place - Dan Schar (PR by 1:28) 5th Place - Henry Dimmick 8th Place - Kirk Morrison (PR by 0:47) 13th Place - Rich Allen 15th Place - Mark Briercheck 16th Place - Ray Sielski (PR by 0:03)
Of course, the "racing" is only PART of any event for US. Afterwards, The Team hung out well after the last racers had left the venue and the street light had lit...
Steve Marlette joined the 15 people infield party attended by his wife and neighbors...
Dan Schar re-hydrated(!)...
...and Henry apparently had something sour to drink!
As always...a terrifically painful way to end the week :)
As the end of the 2010 Time Trial season quickly approaches, a "short list" of Ag3r riders rushed to fill the last available starting slots for the recent "short distance" Pittsburgh Master's Velo Club 10 mile TT event!
While only a few of us raced this night, many good times and placings were snagged by Ag3r riders:
3rd Place - Steve Brewer (PR by 36 seconds) 5th Place - Steve Marlette 10th Place - Dan Schar 11th Place - Mark Briercheck (1 second behind Schar!) 22nd Place - Kirk Morrison
Mike Maher gave the Xterra Appalachia Triathlon ANOTHER try...hoping to have a better time of it this time around. Considering all that went wrong in his "3 strikes & you're OUT" attempt, improvement should be a "lead pipe cinch"!
Kirk Morrison rode his momentum from the Pa. State Master's TT Championships clear to Louisville, Kentucky for the USAC Master's TT National Championships.
Competing in the Men's 50-54 yrs Category, Kirk took 35th Place.
From the Pa. State Master's TT, to the Master's Nationals TT...Kirk traveled LOTS of miles and competed in the best TTs the USA has to offer... ALL IN ONE WEEK.
Nice Job Kirk :)
--------------------------------- In Kirk's Words: Yesterdays Masters Nationals were quite an eye opener. Lots of strong riders. Tough conditions with temps over 95F, very high humidity and bright sun over the entire course.
I finished the 25.8km Mens 50-54 Nationals TT in 35th place (38'13") out of a total field of 39 riders. The surprising thing is that I had a fairly good ride with an avg HR of 183bpm (including a new high of 192bpm on several hills). It was great to see riders at this level. Very motivating and enlightening .... Highly recommended !!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In Kirk's Words: I ended up placing 16th in the 50-54 age group with a time of 31'34". The race was held over a fairly hilly course with over 500 feet of climbing over the 20K.
I couldn't help but note that my time would have put me in the top 10 for the 30-34, 35-39 and 40-44 age groups (and #11 for the 45-49 group). I'm surprised that there are so many fast guys in the 50+ group.
I was hoping for a better result but considering that I've only had 2 days to get used to the UCI Legal position (had to move my saddle to the rear by over 5cm !) I can't complain. The "illegal" position was definitely more comfortable and faster. No pics ... hopefully I will be able to get a few at Nationals on Tuesday.
With results like that, she was obviously running FASTER than the deer flies...not "with" them as the race name implies. Something that can be appreciated by all those who have been bitten by one of those MONSTERS!