Last night I was having dinner with my good friend and Boston Bicycle School elite rider, Matt Buckley. We reflected on our seasons so far, discussed our goals for next year, and he told me all about his upcoming trip to South America with our other resident fast guy, Anders Newbury. "Wow," I said, "must be nice to just race bikes and travel." Ahhh to have my 20s back. Unfortunately I must face the reality of returning to the classroom and chasing my kids around while trying to prepare for GMSR and for the upcoming cyclocross season. At least teachers get the summer off right? Right.
I really respect the elite riders in New England. They train hard and they race even harder. Still, I have tremendous respect for many masters athletes that give quality time to their wives, families, and jobs, and yet still find time to train and race hard all season. The guys on our team are no exception. We have attended every major race this year and we have held our own against the best masters racers in the Northeast.
My last race report was from the Coupes de Ameriques. The racing hasn't stopped since then. Our riders attended the Tour of the Hilltowns, the Barre Grand Prix, Capital Region Road Race, and the Concord Criterium. Our strongest finish came in the Barre Grand Prix, a local circuit race, where Philip Beliveau took 2nd place in the 40+ and Christian Verry took 7th in the Cat. 3 race. Six of our riders are set to race the Green Mountain Stage Race on Labor Day weekend. This is a brutal 4-day race in our own backyard. From there we will turn our attention to the cyclo-cross season with the Verge Series opener at Catamount Outdoor Center. Our team will also be sponsoring this event.
Of note this year, two of our riders are currently leading the Green Mountain Bicycle Club's Time Trial series in their age categories. Stephen Taylor and Mike Burris could clinch the series tonight with a strong showing at the Jonesville course near Bolton Valley. The time trial series has been very competitive this year. At the last South Greenbush installment, places 2-6 were separated by 1 second with Mike and Stephen taking spots 3 and 4 respectively.
Also of note this year is the incredible season Dean Phillips is having. If you don't know Dean, he is one of the owners of the Massachusetts location. Although we have not had the opportunity to race with Dean, he is part of the family and we look forward to watching him punish the field at GMSR in the Cat 2s!
It has been an exciting season so far and we are very lucky to have sponsors like Burris Logistics and Fit Werx to keep us rolling.