Monday, August 3, 2009
Race Report - Pal Omnium Cycle Race
Jeff, team captain and racer extraordinere contributes this weeks race report as ZMotion continued to shine...
Howey-in-the-Hills located in central Florida just north of Clermont was the site of this past weekend’s racing. The festivities began with the Juniors racing in a slightly technical criterium course with Cirilo Benscombe taking 1st place in the 15-16 race and his brother Arturo Benscombe taking 2nd in the 17-18 race! Nice job!!
Next up were the Master’s races starting with the 55+ races - Billy Tittle and Mike Rowe representing. Billy was in the hunt all day and in the final sprint Billy took 4th. After the Crit, the time trial was up beginning at 5pm on a very hilly course. The course was much harder than all of us expected. Billy took 2nd in the TT! Sunday morning brought us a very hilly road race. Billy took 3rd in the road race and earned 2nd place overall in the Omnium!!
The 45+ zMotion race team was represented by Steve Griffith, Raife Snover and Ronnie Ray. They worked well all weekend and all 3 placed in the top 10 in the Omnium. Steve was in a break of 6 during crit finishing 4th. Raife was 2nd in the field sprint for 8th in the crit. Both Steve and Raife had some difficulties interpreting a u-turn sign and the meaning of an orange cone in the middle of the road during the TT. Thus, they both missed the turnaround adding time to their TT results…
In the 35+ race we had a solid team of six representing zMotion. All worked well together all weekend. In the crit, it was a field sprint after several attempts were made to break up the field with zMotion always representing. In the sprint, Pedro took 2nd and Jeff took 5th. In the TT, Jeff again took 5th, Jody was 8th and Pedro was 9th. This put Jeff in 3rd in the Omnium and Pedro in 4th going into the road race on Sunday. Early in the race two guys slipped of the front and after about 4 to 5 laps of the 8 lap race they looked like they were not giving up the gap. So, Jeff, Jody, Pedro and Joe went to the front and Team TT’d to close down the gap. Julio was launched on a hill and bridged across looking like the move for zMotion. Unfortunately, with two laps to go several riders bridged across making the break now 8 with 3 teams of more than one rider in the break. The break fell apart and riders were all riding solo across the finish other than the two leaders. Jeff and Julio ending up 6th and 7th. This put Jeff on the podium with a 3rd place finish overall in the Omnium.
Lisa Frink represented the women for zMotion and took 2nd, 3rd and 3rd in the crit, TT and RR, respectively. With these results she finished on the podium with a 3rd overall in the Omnium!!
The Pro 1,2 crit ended with Juan Gaspari and Winston David taking 1st and 2nd from a break of 6 that lapped the field. Hector Pastorino and Calixto Bello took the top two spots in the field sprint for 7th and 8th. In the TT, Winston finished 5th, Calixto 7th and Victor 9th. In Sunday’s RR, Hector took the “V” with Winston in 3rd, Calixto in 5th, and Juan in 9th. This resulted in Winston taking 1st place in the Omnium by one point!!