2008 Zimmerman MS Bike Ride

Monday, March 30, 2009

Race Report - Bike America @ "The Dump"

For anyone that thinks that South Florida is all flat, they haven't tried racing at Vista View Park (aka. The Dump). This is an old landfill that has 2 climbs (one to the finish line) and NO recovery. It truly separates the strong from everyone else.

The story of the day was Pedro in Masters 35+. Around a third of the way into the race, Pedro found himself in a break with around 10 guys (which shrunk to 9 over time) with Jody doing a lot of work early on (Steve had flatted out and there was a no Free Lap rule). The attacks started right away and kept coming. Pedro was isolated with three Bike America guys (and some others) and had to race super smart. Jeff tried super hard to get up to Pedro in the break knowing that he was isolated. Towards the end, one of the lead guys managed to get away solo, so the race was then for 2nd. With a drag race up the final hill, Pedro timed it to perfection to snag the field sprint and 2nd overall. Jeff then ended up dropping the field on the last lap up the big hill and solo'd in for 10th behind the 9 in Pedro's break.

In the Pro 1, 2, the super strong Frank Travisio managed to pretty much drop the entire field but the dynamic duo of Juan and Hector both placed in the top 6th.

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