Twin Bing Combined Field Recap

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Written by: Admin

Mostly cloudy skies and a steady wind of 20 mph were the order of the day for the 5th Annual Twin Bing Classic Road Race.

Promoted as seperate races, the Cat 3/Masters 40+ field and the Cat 4/5/Women Open/Juniors field were combined on the judgement of the officials at call up. Although the fields were combined, the scoring and payouts would remain seperate.

The 68-strong group set off on their 2-lap race with a neutral rollout to the start/finish line at the top of the climb. As soon as the official's car pulled aside, the race was "on."

The group started to spread on the descent and a couple riders went on the move before the next climb began. This stretched the group with many riders going backward as the rest scrambled forward to stay in the bunch. The pace backed off a bit across the top of the hill before the next descent which allowed some gapped riders to rejoin.

There were no other big surges over the remaining hills to Old 141. The front of the group remained intact on the road north to the Bronson corner. Some would use this opportunity to move up to the front in anticipation of the headwind that would greet the field on the run-in to Bronson.

As soon as the corner to Bronson was cleared, the pace increased and the crafty ones at the front moved to the centerline to string out the field in the crosswind. Gaps opened and gaps were closed again as racers tried to hold onto the wheel in front of them. The field remained fairly stretched as it hit the base of the climb out of Bronson. This is where Mr. Admin knew for sure that he would not remain to witness the remainder of the race from the front of the group.

Part way across the rollers of D-38, a crash among the lead group would cause a split and a handful of riders to withdraw.

By the time the leaders made the top of the last hill before plunging to the "Moville Blacktop," those left trailing in their wake were spread apart in several small groups, trios, duos and solos, all fighting the wind.

On the steep part of the climb to begin the second lap, Peter Oien (CPC) made a hard dig and would seperate from the group of perhaps 20 still in contention. He kept going and built a maximum lead of perhaps a minute and kept it all the way through Bronson and across the hills down to the Moville Blacktop. With the responsibility to chase up to others, the remaining CPC boys could watch and await their next opportunity if their teammate could not stay away.

By the time Oien was halfway to Climbing Hill, his gap started to decrease rapidly to the chase. Just as he turned into Climbing Hill, Oien was absorbed. The group would stay intact for the main part of the finishing climb as next moves were plotted by those with good legs.

At the dip just before the hill spikes upward, 17-year old Caleb Vuchovich of CPC launched a move that no one could follow. He would easily win by 12 seconds as the rest of the strung out group fought their way to the line.

This was Caleb's first Cat 3 win in only his 3rd race in that category. Out of that same group of finishers, Noah Marcus (Greenstreet) surged to win the Cat 4/5 race. With that victory, he earned the points he needed to upgrade.

-Posted 4/17/13 10:30 pm