Monday, August 10, 2009

Meijer Classic Grand Rapids MI

Here is the write up from the subway website, its got it pretty covered.

I didnt feel my best for the day but still not a bad result.

The SUBWAY® – Avanti Team raced the Meijer Classic in Grand Rapids MI. Allen, England and Godfrey coming to the end of there Mid West racing program were keen to pick up the pace after a meager showing at the Elk Grove Tour the previous weekend.

The Criterium event was held under testing conditions with clement weather lifting just in time for the main event but leaving much of the course wet for the whole race. Adding to the testing event was two sections of brick in the one kilometre circuit.

Other top US teams at the event were Bissell, Kelly Benefits and Kenda Surprise Cycling Team.

Godfrey having a call up at the start of the race covered a lot of the early moves with aggressive racing by the field taking advantage of the wet conditions. Eventually after several promising moves SUBWAY® – Avanti was represented in two riders managed to slip the field from Kenda Surprise and Bissell.

Unfortunately SUBWAY® – Avanti missed this move but England managed to make a promising group of five that threatened to ride the two leaders down. Unfortunately for England some of his breakaway colleagues didn’t want to work and the main field caught them 15 laps from the finish.

Going into 10 laps to go the break of two had 1st and 2nd in the bag leaving SUBWAY® – Avanti racing for 3rd. After a disorganized last couple of laps Godfrey managed to win the field sprint for 3rd with England a close 5th.

This leaves one race to go in the Mid West for the SUBWAY® – Avanti Team. The Team is yet to find the top spot on the podium but with two podiums and several promising results with only three riders the team is quite happy with its first US campaign.

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