I must admit when PDT, BKB, Fiji and Acacia finally lapped the Cutters after a hard battle to take the final 100meters between the teams after THE big wreck I loudly proclaimed that 'the dynasty is over'! It seems I spoke a little too soon.
One of the most compelling and 'epic' races in recent years was largely a tale of 3 teams. PDT and the others took the lap but they were the driving force by constantly attacking the Cutters throughout the race. Unfortunately for them they were outgunned by the extremely unusual situation of having 2 of the 3 strongest teams a lap (or more) behind. PDT had some help from BKB but the combined pressure applied by DTD and Cutters was too much to bare. At the very end they were still attacking and though the final lap exchange was a unfortunate oversight they gave it their best shot to beat the Cutters. Four returning rider means they will be race favorites in 2012.
What more is there to say about Eric Young and the Cutters. A lap down they took stock, didn't panic and then slowly got the lap day as they sensed PDT and BKB were tireing. Young's ability to immediately generate a gap was used to start the slow process of taking that lap back. However it was far from a one man effort. The other riders stepped up to maintain or even increase any advantage Eric gained. The end of one era as Lusk and Young graduate with 3rings having played major roles in the most exciting three race series in history. Depasse and Harbison will be joined by some fresh faces next year and will have all the pressure to maintain this remarkable streak!
For me DTD were the most critical team of the day and the fact they were down gave the Cutters an unlikely ally to bet back to the lead lap. They were constantly on the attack and all their riders deserve enormous credit particular RJ Stuart and James Coudright who were awesome throughout. If they haven't been taken out in that wreck and had been with PDT then we would be discussing a fraternal victory but that's the way the race can go! Yesterday they turned their program into an attacking force who promise to never be satisfied with anything but the W.
Credit to Sigma Chi who elevated their nascent program to the next level and should be around for years to come. Acacia also came up from spring time criticism to win the Dixie highway whilst BKB gave it all they had before running out of gas in the final 30laps. All in all a cold, damp day at the track that was a pleasure to view!
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