Race Report: Myles Standish Circuit Race

By: Embrocation Apr 13

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This is one of the early classics here in New England – a time to test one’s legs after winter’s grip has loosened a bit and a couple weeks before the bulk of the spring season sets in upon us. The Circuit Race in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, MA utilizes a technical closed course on some rough, Forest Service roads. While the exact course changes from year to year, the race usually goes down the same – a group gets away from the field and, due to the technical nature of the course, tends to stay away until the finish. This year was no exception. A strong field started the 5ish mile circuit, this year going in a counter-clockwise fashion, with a few little kickers for uphills and a long, downhill, fast finish.

Going in, we knew there would be a break and it was likely to form mid way through the race or earlier. We had a good crew of racers, most fresh off the trip to California, so we knew we had depth and fitness enough to get one and probably two riders into any move. This plan worked out. Jackson, Colin and new guy Stephen Pierce represented well in some of the early moves. James and Adam Sullivan did solid work to cover counter-attacks and contain some early race threats.

When the real move came, it was Kyle who was ready and able to go, getting down the road with some seriously strong riders like Dylan McNicholas of CCB and Cameron Cogburn of Jelly Belly. The 5 man group quickly gained a decisive lead over the remainder of the field and held this for the rest of the race.

Behind the break, in the field, chase groups began to form as the pace increased. With one lap to go, Colin found himself in a major chase group. Just as this group was about to make contact with the break, Colin flatted and was forced to drop out to take a spare wheel. Meanwhile, up front in the break, Kyle hung tough as the chase group caught the day’s main breakaway, creating a 10 man group at the front of the race, which quickly broke apart as the pace increased. With one of his best finishes, Kyle weathered the attacks and managed to stay in contact with the break to finish 5th on the day.

Colin, back in the field made his way to the front and led James out for the field sprint for a respectable 11th place finish on the day.

All in all, a good start to the season, some solid teamwork employed, and a tremendous finish for Kyle, who’d done so much support work for other teammates in the past.


Coming up next: Tour of the Battenkill

 

Team Training Camp 2011

By: Embrocation Apr 5

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It’s become a tradition of sorts – our annual sojourn away from a particularly dire weather situation in New England and a journey toward warmer climes. In this case, two weeks situated in Santa Ynez, California. This is wine country, just north of Santa Barbara and the setting for the movie Sideways if you’re familiar with that. We were less interested in the ample wine tasting opportunities than we were in the diverse riding options.

It was one of the wettest winters or record for the Santa Ynez valley and as a result, it was a green place to be with trees and flowers in full bloom, thriving on a ample diet of sun and rain. This was an ideal backdrop for two weeks of rides and relaxing. In fact, that’s what training camp is all about, right? Ride, eat, relax.

Remember that cycle, because it’s important:

EAT


RIDE


RELAX



EAT


RIDE

RELAX



EAT


RIDE


RELAX



EAT


RIDE


RELAX



And in the few, fleeting moments where you’re not doing any of these things you might try the following:

Find metaphors for your near future in local farm animals.


Clean bikes.


Michael Jackson impression outside Neverland Ranch.


Construct self portrait bust.


Take pictures of inexplicable California shit.







Coming up: More on winter training, the first races of the year and updates on team roster, sponsors and equipment.

Thanks for reading.

 

Fizik Arione

By: Embrocation Apr 7

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Fizik redefined modern saddle design when they unleashed the Arione on the market a few years ago. It was a saddle that nearly perfectly melded ergonomics and fashion-forward design. Since that introduction, the design has changed very little – a testament to the intelligence and real-world usability of the design.

Cory gives us his take on the Arione
“Cyclist’s in general are, from what I can tell, a group of folks who stick to what I like to call, “known, quantities”. Usually they ride, wear, zip up or pull on the same things they have known for years, or some relatively similar piece. Nowhere will you find loyalty like that in a true riders saddle. Thousands of miles are going to be put into that leather, plastic and railed masterpiece and if you ride knowing your saddle will be comfy at the end of a 200km rain fest or a 100km crit, you will most assuredly stay with it for years on end. Fizik for me was a new road, unridden, always giving me the “come hither” eyes. Finally after hearing many good things about the saddle and my father bragging how its the best thing he has ever ridden and I believe I heard him say “got my old ass home comfortable for the last two years” more than a couple times. I must say, our team Fizik’s live up to there name and then some. Plenty of room to move around on the saddle no matter where you have it placed on the rails and, yeah, after putting some hard racing miles on it so far this year its easily my favorite saddle and is now in my “known quantity” quiver of equipment I have garnered over the years. Go by one!! Add it to yours!”

 

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