Working Man's Stage Race report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sebastian White   
Saturday, 12 September 2009 16:29

This week was the final race of the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club's 2009 summer racing series and ... Wow, John and Lisa Curry put together a whopper of a stage race for us.  The Working Man's (and Woman's) stage race was a great event to finish off the road racing season. 

The prologue took us up our infamous "dump road" - 2.5k's to the top.  The men's A group was Corey, Scott Lipp, Tomas, Alex Lussier and myself - anyone of us could put in the winning ride.  I ended up first with near-vomiting time of 4:46, perhaps due to Corey's pedal slippage, but first none the less.  Winning prize was a loaf of Great Harvest's tasty cinnamon bread, which became the "winning toast" for Missy and I every morning this week.  The men's B, junior and women's fields were also hotly contested and it was great to see the local racers coming out for the intense suffering that prologue's offer. 


Stage 2 was the "Bluecollar" road race and we enjoyed perfect weather and very varied racing surfaces.  The Men's A group started with 9 racers - with a few new faces here for the fall MSU semester.  The mile-long gravel section was where the selection occured, with John Curry initiating the first hard attack and Tomas covering the move.  Jared and myself joined quickly and I continued to pull through to get the best line through the loose road conditions ahead.  The gap was there, so I kept the tempo through the Gooch Hill climbs - hoping to keep the sprinters (Corey and Alex) off.  New Bozeman racer, Zack Guy, bridged the gap to join me at the top of Gooch Hill.  Soon after, the group was 5 strong with John, Jared, Alex, Zack and myself hanging on to contest the finish after the long, false flat drag of Cottonwood Road.  Alex won the sprint with myself coming in many bike lengths later for 2nd place.  Alex took home the stellar prize of Crema coffee. 

Stage 3 was an 18k individual time trial course out and back to the top of Sypes Canyon Rd.  Whew ... after climbing that road uncountable times in the 39, having the 42 TT ring was a bit laboring on the way up, but the 54 was wicked fun on the downhill with the computer reading 47mph while in the aero!  I won the Men's A with a time of 25:26, but most racers were saving their legs for the sprints or volunteering to help keep the course safe for us, so there was only 1 entrant:  me.  I took home the prize of chardonney. 

Stage 4 was the sprints.  I was volunteering that night, so I missed out on the multiple anerobic efforts.  Alex's steady placing put him in the final heat to win the stage over John Curry, second, and Tomas, third. 

In the end, Alex won 2 stages (road race and sprints) and I won 2 stages (prologue and TT), but points were in my favor with the 2nd place in the RR and Alex's 4th place in the prologue - so, I finished the 2009 season as the winner of the inagural Working Man's Stage Race.  First place was a very nice toilet brush.  Alex was second overall and took home scotch tape.  John was third and received a paint brush for his placing.  Incredibly fun event for everyone.  Thanks so much to John and Lisa Curry, Amy Chiuchiolo and the Gallatin Valley Bike Club for making it happen for us.  I'll be back to defend the title in 2010 for sure.