It was a beautiful day for the 2015 Carl Dolan Memorial Class, but perhaps not quite as beautiful as a stacked DC Velo podium. The day was host to great racing and good showings by Team Beyer Auto racers in a variety of classes and categories. A huge thanks to all of our sponsors. Without them none of what we do would be possible. Neil Marcus provided his extensive insight into how his day went stating, "got in the break, effed up the sprint". He also gave huge cudos to teammate Dan Crocker who was with him in the break, working tirelessly. As for the 65+ podium sweep, Suart Ross had this to say:
Because this was our race, on our course I wanted to get this report right so I had a conference call with power house Public Relations firm, Bax & Mittlestadt. After 3 seconds of deliberation it was determined that to avoid the USAC media fine, a brief review would be provided.
The morning was edgy because - our race and house and my inaugural 65+ race. One of my competitors from last year advised me to race as though I was racing my previous 10 year age group. I thought that was ambitious and I did not want to genuflect to age so I attempted to follow his advice. Also a BIG thanks to all who liberated me from registration to let me race.
DC Velo was 5 strong at the line in the 65+ and additionally we had folks in the 55+. The group stayed together with an occasional attack by a 55+. Not being an knowledgeable I did not want to miss it/them, I chased a few of them. At one point point Matty Parker rode up next to me and in pointed vibrant language suggested I try conserving something. Some of us are burdened/blessed with rudimentary synaptic connections, similar to breathing, and those compelled me to chase anything that looked a faster wheel. I am surprised I wasn’t barking. The bottom line is I should have followed Scott, consummate strategist that he is, I would have had more power at the end. Matty, Lauriston, Scott, and Rui caught attacks and pulled us back because otherwise I might have burned more matches than I had.
The race stayed together and the evolving global grand plan was to use the uphill sprint as the last final measure of capacity. Realizing I had strategy flaws the lead to energy attenuation, I was fortunate to catch a wheel as the sprint started and more fortunate to have the racing space to come around and pip a 65+ win. I am grateful to the crew who did such a fantastic job marking the course so I now know that 500 meters is REALLY a long way and 200 meters is more manageable.
Thank you to the whole team who congratulated me at the race. I am very grateful to have had inspiration from all your victories and your outstanding mentoring to help me get motivated and get the juice to compete. For me, DC Velo is the place to be.
Although with all the laps pedaled around the course on Sunday perhaps the most important lap was the one ridden in memory of James Bellora. Our Club President Mark Sommers provided the following thoughts:
James and Carl were friends. Best friends. I can’t help but believe they ride together, again.
Here today, we are joined by James’ wife Lisa, daughter Francesca, Carl’s wife Nina, Carl’s kids and now a grandkid, as well as the MABRA community that James so dearly cherished and devoted so much passion and energy.
To say James was a character would be a gross understatement. He was often heard before seen. Never one for formality, he was the first to introduce himself to those new to cycling and the last to leave those confounded by the sport’s field of play and traditions.
A lap of honor is therefore a fitting tribute to James, who raced this very course for well over a decade. As we all know, the Bell Lap is the last lap of the race. With that iconic symbolism of bike racing in mind and for all it represents, we are delighted to designate this a Bell Lap for Bellora.
The ride’s journey is to be enjoyed, often much more so than the destination reached. So, I encourage each of you to enjoy the ride and let your thoughts wander with remembrances of James. Pay little heed to the destination--as it will come all too soon, as surely does life’s end.