2008 Zimmerman MS Bike Ride

Monday, March 9, 2009

Rosewood - 3/9/09

Rosewood racing in Miami Lakes was off with a BANG this weekend. This race series has been running for years and we had some record crowds and some really fast racing. zMotion had people in every category and people knew we were there.

We started the Masters 35+ a little late as the registration line was crazy backed up, but our seven starters were ready to go. The overall pace was very fast with an average speed of 26.5 mph. Julio tried one of his signature early race attacks and that was just one of several attempts that were all reeled in. We rode well as a team with Chris focusing on being constantly near the front. Jody went to the front to keep the pace high and then Pedro launched an attack to keep the hounds at bay while the always wise Jeff positioned himself near the front. In the final sprint it looked like Jeff would win but he was pipped at the line by a fast charging Lee Fox.

The Masters 45+ again had a nice group of Z-guys and as the race developed, a five man breakaway ended up staying away (thanks to some great zMotion blocking) with our man Ron Ray keeping it real. He ended up finishing 5th with our guys also going for positions in the field sprint.

The Pro,1,2,3 was a monstrous field (it looked like around 80 guys) and they kept a nice pace with a 27.1 mph average. There were a lot of break attempts but it basically came down to a field sprint in the end. Our newest Racer, Patrick and Julio were taken down in a crash with a couple of laps to go (both of them can barely walk today). With one lap to go Captain Alex launched a ferocious attack that was unfortunately reeled in but strong-man Hector duked it out for a solid 4th place.

The Cat 4,5 field is sooooo much stronger than in previous years and maintained a 25 mph average and our team kept things real. All in all, we had a great time and some solid racing.

A summary of our Top 20 placings include:

Cat 35+ - Jeff in 2nd, Chris in 8th, Julio in 13th, Amir in 17th
Cat 45+ - Ron Ray in 5th, Shaun in 9th
Pro 1,2,3 - Hector Pastorino in 4th
Cat 4,5 - Randall Jacques in 10th

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