Jul 20, 2010

Whitnall Park- Superweek

Superweek rolled into Whitnall Park Milwaukee for the first of three consecutive road races but given it was a Monday afternoon the turnout was generally pretty disappointing. Your author rolled out with another 30 or so Cat3s and was feeling Ok until I got the double whammy of a double flat that determined that my race was over. The Pro/1/2 Womens race had a disappointing turnout of less than 20 riders but it appeared to be an aggressive race throughout.
Uberti in the break
The Pro/1/2 Men’s race rolled out with a healthy sized field of over 70 riders and the usual 100k distance ahead of them. The race was decided in the first 10miles when a powerful group of 12 riders rolled off the front as rain slicked up the roads. A second group for another 12 riders kept the distance to less than a minute for half the race but eventually had to drop back to the hard chasing field. The lead group worked well for the most part with Chris Uberti (Team Panther) keeping the pressure on with an attack with 10laps to go. The presence of Cole House (BMC), Karl Menzies (UHC), John Minturn (AXA), Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose), Jim Stemper (Kenda) and Matt Rice (Bahati Foundation) gave the break some serious wattage and it was only in the last few laps when the cat and mouse started that Chad Hartley (Kenda) and Gavriel Epstein (CRCA Foundation) were able to jump across to the front on the final lap. In a very tight sprint it was House that took the win by inches from Menzies allowing the prediction he made at the registration table to come to fruition. An impressive ride from the youngster who shows continued progress toward a European P-R-O career and will be a man to watch in the coming week.

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