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It was another successful day for Team Smyrna Bicycles at Jim Miller CX. We consider this home court since we practice on this course weekly leading up to the GACX series and it’s in our backyard. It was a cold start, with temps in the 30′s, and while we bundled up and stressed about what to wear, we were reminded that this is typical cross weather. We had representation in nearly all the fields and a few new faces from the team out for some suffering.

MC doubled up with wins in CX3 and Single Speed. Ian took 2nd in M35+. We had a bunch of top 10′s as well. In the overall competition, MC moved into 1st in CX3, Ian solidified his 1st in M35+ and if Tom finishes the last 2 races in the top 15 he’ll finish 3rd in M45+. We brought home lots of team points as well. It was a great day!

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Mclean Harris won the Georgia State CX3 Championship this weekend at Serenbe! Despite the not so ideal conditions, he took off in the first lap and never looked back for 45 minutes, leaving the competition over 30 seconds behind. The “official” GA CX race report called the CX3 race “the Mclean Harris” show. It was exciting to watch his hard work and determination throughout the season pay off. This marks the team’s 2nd GA State Championship jersey. Mclean also took 2nd in the Single Speed race later that same day.

MC winning State Championship at Serenbe

Serenbe CX3 podium

Clay takes 3rd at the Peachtree Bikes Serenbe TT #2. This was the longest TT the team has raced to date at 40K (or 24 miles). “Adapt and Overcome” were the name of the game at this event with a last minute course change and a 30 minute race delay. The course change added a sharp right turn before the finish and a 1/4 mile drag up hill to the line. The race delay was due to a fellow racer getting hit by a deer during his warm up. The good news is that he’s OK! The bad news is that the timing of nutrition, hydration and a warm up are key to a successful ride, so like a Marine we “Adapt and Overcome” and step up on the podium

Cat 4/5 Podium

The aforementioned “Silk Sheets” soon became a nightmare to our legs. From Clay’s race report to his coach:

“The start was really fast and rolled pretty much down hill for the first 6 miles. I was averaging over 26 mph and feeling really good. I continued to push on the up and tried to recover on the descent. I carried a good average until turning on to Campbell-Redwine Road. It was up and there was a head wind from the turn until South Fulton Parkway. About 15-16 miles in (~40 minutes), the new position changes started to wreak havoc on my sit bones. I pushed through it, but it hurt! The hills continued and my average was dropping. I couldn’t get my speed up. I made the final turn and had about 3.5 miles to go. That road was fast (28-30+) and then I met the newly added, final right turn to the finish. I held too much back with the higher speeds leading up to the corner, in hopes of saving it for the up hill finish. There was a dude sweeping gravel at the corner which mentally screwed me up, caused me to slow more than I probably needed to and killed my momentum. Halfway to the finish I looked down and saw 14 mph and decided to stand up and start sprinting. I felt my calves getting cooked and balling up as I crossed the line. The finish line…done.”

Double podium weekend

March 11th, 2013 | Posted by Director Sportif in Race Results - (0 Comments)

Getting it done at Historic Brooks!

Double podium for Team Smyrna Bicycles this weekend at the Historic Brooks race weekend!  Tom Butler took 3rd in the Master 45+ Time Trial, while I took 2nd in the Cat 5 TT.  Tom destroyed the course, averaging 25.1 mph and gained the nickname “The Hammer.”  The weather was fantastic and was welcomed after the frigid and windy conditions we experienced at the Tundra Time Trial.

Both Tom and I entered our respective Circuit races with tired legs, but that combined with some shaky racers, wrecks and 900 watt sprints out of every corner, our plans quickly changed to simply finish with the group upright.  The average speed of the Cat 5 Circuit’s the Cat 4 race and reached 25 mph.  We were dropping riders coming out of every corner, and with riders 4 and 5 abreast, there was no where to go.  It was insane!

Next up… Union City weekend!

Masters 45+ TT Podium

Cat 5 TT Podium