May 27/09 12:14 pm - Mississauga Midweek Cycling Club Criterium
Posted by Editoress on 05/27/09
Midweek Cycling Club Criterium Bicycle races, Mississauga, Ontario, 26th May
Slightly less than perfect weather, a slightly smaller crowd, and a slightly slower pace. No successful breakaways tonight. Light rain, 12C, winds E@20kph. Not bad, but not perfect.
The Midweek gang consistently delivers a quality event. Happy Birthday to Michelle!
About 30 reported to the starting line for the beginners B race. The group stayed together until the bell lap, logging laptimes of 1:20 to 1:27.
At the finish, the camera shows last week's 2nd place (B race) Dawid Kurzawinski, riding for Kursawinski Coach, 2nd place was Independent rider Kirk.
Deja vu, was the Elite race. An early break started by La Bicicletta's Chris Freeland in the first lap, developed into a 4 man runaway train which included Freelands teammate Ed Veal and three others. By this time, alas, Sans Freeland, as his wheel was literally screwed. Freeland's wheel picked up a 70mm sheet rock screw.
Some tape, and tube, tire and some air was all it took to get Chris back out there. Rejoining the break, which had reduced from 4 to 3 by this time.
The break was long lasting, holding a highly reproducible 15 second lead for many laps. Valiant efforts to bridge by Sweet Pete's Mark Palma, Midweek's Oscar Reinas, Coach Chris' Peter Kofman, and Midweek's Toni Fisher were observed. None were successful, but the pack began to catch up and with 7 to go, all riders were one group. After a few attempts to attack were mounted, it was clearly going to be a bunch sprint. The sprint was a ripping juggernaught, won by Ed Veal, a very close 2nd was the B race winner's father, Kris Kurzawinski, riding for Kurzawinski Coach.
Photos and a video finish can be seen here
Midweek Cycling Club report