Race Report: Sterling Cross, Day 2

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Our previous post on Sterling had to be pulled because the sizing on some of the photos was creating havoc on the website. They’ll be posted again later on. I love getting emails asking me “where did the latest team posting go?” This makes me feel like I’m doing something right with the whole team thing…

Anyway, on to Sterling Day 2. The blustery Saturday had given way to a sunny and seasonably warm Sunday with minimal wind. As is typical of the two day Verge races, the course had changed on the second day as well. While it shared many aspects in common with the previous day, Sunday’s course was more technical in nature – sharper corners and more of them, technical approaches to barriers and run-ups and a challenging off-camber downhill section into a 90 degree turn that caused more than a few slide-outs. Still a fast course, but better for technically proficient riders with the ability to accelerate quickly and repeatedly.

Also, it seems our custom here at Team Embrocation is to always have a better Sunday session, like Saturday was a warm-up.

In the Cat 3 race, Morrison took his second victory in as many days. Despite an early race crash, James was able to find his way back up to the front of the race and attacked out of the lead group of 3 into the final series of turns to take the win. Meanwhile, Cary crashed a few times and broke his front wheel but still managed to come in 12th on the day, limiting his losses to Verge leader Colin Huston and keeping himself in the running for the overall Verge leadership.

In the elite women’s race, Perri had one of her better performances of the year and raced with consistent strength and keen presence of mind the entire time to slot in at 9th place only a short distance behind some of the fastest women in the world.

The ride of the day came from Pete Bradshaw in the elite men’s race. It’s been a roller-coaster season for Mr. Bradshaw with some rough times early in the season. In recent weeks, though, Bradshaw seems to have found his legs.

On Sunday he earned his first UCI point by finishing 10th after a long and difficult battle against many of the best riders around, including Al Donahue and Manny Goguen and was able to finish just behind Luke Keough and Dylan McNicholas.

Pete Smith and PBV also raced in the elite men’s field and represented well. Pete finishing 18th on the day with a solid ride.

Good race and good performances all around. Everyone is looking forward to the finale of the Verge series races this weekend in Warwick, RI.

And one more thing. Boom:

Here’s our boy Eric tackling the run-up at the Northampton race early last month. Photo by Kevin Gutting from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.



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