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.”

A win for Clay in CAT V and a 2nd place finish for Tom in Masters 45+ at the Perry Roubaix Time Trial.  Way to represent!

Cat 5 podium

Tom says, “I got second”

Congratulations to Tom Butler for stepping on the Masters 45+ podium at the Serenbe TT (3/24).  The weather threatened to cancel the event, and with start times pushed an hour, the event carried on in less than ideal conditions – misty rain, wet roads and colder than normal temps.  Tom conquered the 15.5 mile course in 38m 50s which included a long 3 mile drag to the finish.  Solid ride by Tom!

Butler P'tree Serenbe TT Podium

Masters 45+ TT podium

Smyrna Bicycles also had 3 top 10 finishes in the Cat 4/5 TT yesterday  This is the first of three time trials at Serenbe, the last of which is the GA State Championship.  Smyrna Bicycles plans to represent at all three with the next one coming up on April, 21st.  Stay tuned for updates.

After a relatively flat course at the Historic Brooks TT, Union City greeted us with the rolling hills of GA.  This is an area commonly referred to in the cycling community as “Silk Sheets,” but don’t let the name fool you.  The course was 13 miles of pure pain where racers followed an out-and-back route including a steady 1 mile drag up hill.  Doug Mclaughlin averaged 340w and secured 3rd place on the podium.  Clay Benoit put the hammer down and finished on the top step of the podium.  Another successful weekend for Team Smyrna Bicycles p/b BMW.  Let’s keep this rolling!

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Cat 5 podium

 

Union City TT finish

Clay hauling to the finish