The Hanes Park Crit took place today. It was only the hottest day of the year but we had new pavement!! Someone smiled on us and they (DOT) paved around West End. The day was a full day of racing leading up to an NRC pro men/women race(s).
The men's cat 4 race went off at 9:30AM and there were around 40 people in the race. The course was great and was actually run with the park to our left. It was nice having the start/finish line around MOB and a few businesses. The best part about it was the numerous shade trees!! The race was good and PVS was well represented with Bob, Pat, Scott, Kevin, Jim, and myself (sorry if I missed anyone). The pace was fast but nothing crazy. The long hill in front of Reynolds High School got troublesome after countless times up it. Our team looked good. There was one wreck during the race with a couple of races going down but nothing major. I decided to take a flyer with three laps to go and attacked at the bottom of the hill. I held on for one lap + but was caught at the hill. I went really hard and blew up. On a side note, I won the Mountain Khaki prime (only to realize it after the race). The pace picked up the last two laps and I barely hung on to the back of the pack. I think all PVSers finished safe and strong. I think 35 people finished our race and I was 33! I'll take it...stayed on two wheels and won a prime! Bring on cyclocross.
Oh, Dr. Rob Payter finished fourth in the men's cat5 race...I think it was his first crit! Sara, Robin, Lynn, Monti, and Beverly raced the women's cat 3/4 race and looked strong. Sara took numerous flyers off the front. Sirena and the MOB girls were in with the PVS women. Sirena finished 10th and was in the money.