Whitefish State Championship Crit & Road Race PDF Print E-mail
Written by GAS Team   
Wednesday, 11 June 2008 14:19

This past weekend 6 GAS riders traveled to rainy Whitefish to compete in the State Championship Criterium and the Star Meadow Road Race. The conditions for the crit on Saturday were positively brutal with all riders feeling borderline hypothermic by the end of their races. Alex, Brad, John L., and Jason competed in the 1-2-3 field and Chris and Mike competed in the cat 4-5 field.

A few strong riders showed up from Idaho which helped liven the atmosphere during the crit with several attacks and counter-attacks. With 3 or 4 laps to go Brad went off the front and held off the peloton until about ½ lap to go. Alex did what he could to capitalize on Brad’s effort and finished 5th in the sprint (2nd cat 3). John fell victim of the slick conditions and hit the pavement but sufferd only minor road rash and was able to get back in the race and finish with the main group.

On Saturday the roads were wet and the weather looked uncertain but luckily it did not rain during the event. John got in an early break with two other riders that would eventually get caught due to the constant attacking and counter-attacking occurring behind in the peloton. As expected, the field exploded on the first big hill up towards star meadow. Brad made the selection and stayed with the front group until the end of the “Wall” climb and missed that final selection by only a few seconds. The turn around was there and the leaders took off never to be caught again. In that front group were Matt Seeley (1st), Marshal Opal (2nd, and 1st cat 3), Josh Tack (3rd), Clint Muhlfeld, Andy Fisher, and Frank Gonzalez. Alex finished 2nd in the cat 3s and won the omnium in that category.

Chris finished 8th in the crit and 9th in the RR, giving him an 8th place in the combined omnium (cat 4). Mike got a 7th place in the crit, an 8th place in the road race, putting him 5th in the omnium for the cat 5 group.

Thanks to those who endured the long drive and harsh weather, and also to Aaron for cheering us on as well as Carrie for support (warm dry clothes!!)