Thanks to the bold Anon poster keepin us on our toes over at BVN foreign headquarters. It's been a busy week but finally in a quiet moment it's worth reflecting on the recent excellent performances at the top end of Bloomington biking.
Performance of the week came from Eric Young over at the NRC Tour of Somerville where he took an impressive 3rd place. This coming sunday see Eric getting his ass kicked on the Manayuck Wall in Philly but it's been a very successful few weeks on the East Coast and it wouldn't be a surprise to anyone to see the NRC-leading Bissell team working for Eric and Kyle Warmsley at the National PRO Crit Champs. Quite the step up from battling the Fratstars on the cinders!
Over at the Memorial day Races in Iowa, Erik Hamilton started the weekend well with a 70+mile breakaway and a 3rd placed finish in the Burlington RR. Even on tired legs he also managed 15th on the famous Snake Alley the next day. Team Panther teammate Ryan Knapp is back from a injury-hit start to the road season with a couple of 'normal' 9th places at Quad Cities and a career-best 9th on the Snake! Better yet was a 4th place in the hard uphill bunch kick at Melon City. The Bloomington Panther contingent are clearly on the up in the run-up to Nature Valley and the Elite Nationals Champs in the next month!
Ryan on the snake following Steve Tilford (from stevetilford.com)
In less happy news Mike Sherer had a bad looking crash at the Kelly Cup in Baltimore and got pretty beat up with a broken collarbone and tonnes of nasty road-rash. It's a real shame as Mike was developing some great form after his international spring races. Hopefully he'll be back soon enough and can make something happen at the end of the season. Heal up quick Mike!
Ouch (from Mike)
You MAY have heard I'm not still in the US so I feel a little silly updating BVN. Therefore if anyone else wants to contribute to this blog then please let me know and I can allow editing privileges. It's something I'd like to see continue and as it will take a group effort I'd like to get anyone who has something to say involved.
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