Team Bike Doctor p/b DigiSource sent a fully stocked and loaded Men’s team to the Category 1/2/3 race at Jefferson Cup. Represented by Andrew Shelby, Brian Sjoberg, Evan Ellicott, Jim Weinstein, Nicholas Taylor, Pete Custer, Peter Warner, Sunny Gill, Scott Giles, and Mike Cordova, this was our first road race as a 1/2/3 team, and a big chance to try to go toe-to-toe with some of the big fish of bike racing!
Incidentally, the Jefferson Cup Road Race is a qualifying race for the Nature Valley Grand Prix Pro Ride. With Custer as our lone candidate meeting the requirements needed to be eligible for the Nature Valley slot, the team rallied in support of him. With the likes of Bontrager-Livestrong, Veloshine, Kelly Benefits, XO/Cisco, Cutaway, and a compact NCVC elite squad, making a good result at this spring classic of the Mid-Atlantic would be no walk in the park.
With this in mind, how stoked were we to find both Custer AND Warner making it into a late race breakaway group with some of the most reputable names in the race! Well, unfortunately, we didn’t come away with a win, but by evidence of one incredible display of talent, XO’s Adam Farabaugh pulled out an absolute stormer of a finish, distancing himself from the breakaway and coming across the line in classic fashion. Our duo in the break would come away with a proud 14th and 15th, while Sunny would mix it up in the field sprint with the best of the rest!
While the team was happy after a fun day of racing under such perfect weather conditions, we were later elated to find that Custer was indeed the first rider across the line who was eligible for the Nature Valley Slot! While we may have fallen a little short on the prize money for the day, we absolutely landed the very best prize any bike racer could dream of! Congrats, Custer, and you are now on water bottle duty for the remainder of the race season!
In the Category 3/4 race, Bike Doctor represented as well with Robb Hampton, Frank Ramos, Todd Bickling & Jeff Chun. Unfortunately for the team, Bickling fell victim to a flat very early on in the race and had to switch roles to feed support. Ramos tried to instigate a few moves off the front, but in the end, there would be no script reversal this year. A field sprint it would be. Hampton and Chun tried to work some magic but fell a bit short in the chaotic sprint finish.
Tanner Browne flew the colors in the Junior 15-18 field and came away with 11th place. Great job, Tanner!
Special thanks to Ruth Stornetta, the Monticello Velo Club/Blue Wheel organization and the surrounding community for promoting this Spring Classic!
The team would like to thank its sponsors for their generous support, without whom we wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that we love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike Doctor, DigiSource Discovery Solutions, Elite Endurance Training Systems, Cannondale and CycleOps Power.