May 14, 2011

Tour de Grove

The registered rider numbers for the fantastic Fat and Skinny Tire Fest are a little down because of the bigtime Tour de Grove occuring in St Louis. The highlight of 3 days of racing is the NRC/USACrits event on saturday afternoon that features a 15K pricelist.
Plenty of local interest in the main events with Eric Young, Ryan Knapp, Erik Hamilton and Mike Sherer all featuring. Clayton Feldman, Caroline Brown and Mindi Balchan ride in the supporting events.
Friday nights event showcased the quality on show with Jonathan Cantwell winning and Eric kick-starting his PRO career with a 5th place behind 4 big hitters. Cantwell was the victor in Eric's coming out party at Superweek last year so we'll see how close Eric can get to him this weekend. The twitterverse indicates it was a dangerous crit with a neutralized portion due to the need for an ambulance on the course! The quotes-
@ericgalenyoung 'Weird crit to start #tourdegrove it is cool to race with experienced guys like cantwell that know exactly what to do and when to do it'
@mikesherer 'Sketchy crit tonight.'
@ryan_knapp 'First real race of the year here in STL. Was lacking a bit mentally, but the legs weren't as bad as I thought they might me.'

Be safe out there all!

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