2008 Zimmerman MS Bike Ride

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Race Report - Tampa Downtown Crit

Today was another red letter day for Zmotion Racing Team. We christened a brand new course in style with great results. The course was almost 1 mile with 6 turns and varying widths which made for lots of twisting and turning while the many patches of bricks added some bumps to the mix.

Another interesting thing was the addition of an Amatuar Finale where the top racers in each category got to duke it out.

In the 45+ race Chuck was our top finisher in 10th, but Shaun and Raife also qualified for the Finale.

The 35+ was all Jeff, all the time. The field was strung out the entire time but when Brian Lancaster attacked, Jeff was on him like white on rice. They bridged up to a 3rd guy and that breakaway was gone. The z-team did some solid blocking on the front to make sure it stuck. Jeff had a plan to attack with two turns to go and executed it to perfection to chalk up his 2nd win of the season.

Other 35+ guys to qualify for the Finale included Karl, Amir, Mark and Chris. Speaking of the Finale, the race was strung out from the gun and by the time half the race was over, so was half the field. Our intrepid leader Jeff tried bunny hopping the curve (he failed) and big power guy Chris was drilling it in the front with one lap to go until he basically got shoved into a barrier. You win some, you lose some.

The final race of the night was the 75 minute Pro,1,2 race and it was memorable. With a large field loaded with Florida's strongest riders the race was FAST. Hector once again made Zmotion proud and slipped into a four man break that was flying. Zmotion again showed excellent teamwork and worked up front to make the break stick. The break actually lapped the entire field and moved right up to the front of the field. The last few laps were so awesome to watch with Hector in perfect position in fifth or sixth position. Hector lit up the sprint to come in 3rd. Wow!

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