Little 500 fever may be gripping Bloomington but don't forget that the Midwest road racing season is picking up pace. This past Saturday was the Midwest Cycling Classic at the always wet Marian University. It was down to the IU girls to 'represent' in shitty condition with Caroline Brown dominating the Womens B race winning all primes and taking the final sprint. Mary Rush toughed it out in the lead group of four in just jersey and shorts for a final 3rd place. Emily Max finished 7th, which was one place better than her L5 team-mate Kristen Metherd finished in the Womens A race. It was a surprisingly competitive race and Kristen showed some good sass to complete against the Marian Armada.
A picture especially for the Metherd family.
The Cat1/2/3 USAC race was a total Bloomington stitch up with Ryan Knapp, Erik Hamilton and Mike Sherer making the break of the race together with Martinsvilles ex-pro Greg Strock and current Kenda pro-Chad Burdzilauskas. In the finale Strock attacked early to take a surprise victory with Sherer, Hamilton and Knapp finished 3rd-5th while sprinting for 2nd.
Knapp chatting with a mustachioed team-mate!
Hamilton in the break
Next weekend sees the first big rendez-vous of the Midwest season with Hillsboro-Roubaix taking place in Illinois. Full fields for all events make this race one to watch and will be a real test for out local Cat1s. Sunday sees an Ohio Valley Spring Series race over at the excellent Hueston Woods circuit close to Miami (of Ohio). Collegiate racing also heads to Ohio where Scott Catanzaro may continue to search for points in the hope of becoming IU sole representative at Collegiate Nationals.
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