2014 Patriots Park Race Report

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY Trish Albert/SoutheasternCycling.com

Patriot’s Park in Evans, GA hosted the 7th round of the Georgia Cross Series. Gorgeous fall blue skies and temperatures that would get to 70 degrees were the order of the day. Ross Douglas is known for putting together a great course, and Patriot’s Park did not disappoint. An impossible-to-ride hill, another small hill, and a ditch provided the dismounts. There were plenty of turns and a fast downhill straightaway in between them. Ross even found some wet, boggy grass that came into play on the ball field finishing straight.

The Single Speed race was a battle between Matthew Reeves (LNC) and Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts). Dave took the early lead, but he was never out of Matthew’s sight. Matthew came around him towards the end of the race for the win. Zach Lutz (ATLX) came in third for his first ever single speed podium. In the Master 4/5, the fast grass start slowed to a crawl at the sandy hairpins before the run-up. Robin Blake (ACC) and Robbin Rahman (L5 Flyers) pulled away from the field at that point. Drew Jordan (ACC) soon powered by Mike Albaneso (Outback Bikes) and Corny Delasalas (SoPo Bikes) at the next run-up. Robin Blake took the win in front of his hometown cheering squad. Robbin Rahman recovered from a mechanical for second, and Drew would finish a strong third.

Tim Barrett (Toyota Forklifts) and Chris Wyatt (Peachtree Bikes) separated themselves from the rest of the filed by half way through the Master 35+ race. With no feats of bunny hopping this week, they ran the ditch because it was faster. The chase group of Josh Jackson (Outspokin Augusta), Nate Zukas (ACC), and Nate Sibley (Atlanta Cycling) could not reel them in. Tim took the sprint for the win by half a bike length over Chris. Zukas stole third from Sibley and commented that he’d been trying to beat Sibley for years. It was the first time. The Elite Masters 45+ saw Charles Rossignol (Litespeed-BMW) take the early lead, followed closely by Scott Staubach (Peachtree Bikes), Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts), and Brady Rogers (Litespeed-BMW), The rest of the field strung out behind. On the second lap Grayson Tudor (Peachtree Bikes) joined the front group as Alan was overtaken by Dub Smith (Toyota Forklifts) and Michael Schmid (Reality Bikes). By the end of the lap Scott and Brady had formed a lead group, Charles and Grayson a chase group, while Dub, Michael ,and Alan maintained their solo efforts behind. A chase group consolidation began on lap three with Michael and Alan joining first, and the two absorbing Dub as the fourth lap began. The trio worked together for the next two laps, catching Grayson and Charles at the final powerline u-turn on the fifth lap. While Scott and Brady traded punches up front for the top of the podium, the newly formed chase group of five set their sights on the final podium step. On the last lap Scott and Brady remained together until rounding the building to the field. Brady slid out on the gravel, giving Scott the time he needed to cross the line with arms held high. In the race behind, Alan separated himself from the others by riding the ditch, taking third, and holding off a charging Grayson in fourth.

The Cat. 4 Women started off in a tight bunch coming into the first run up. By the end of the first lap, Brittnay Hopson (Sorella Cycling) had taken the lead. She would hold on for her first win. Natasha Harrison was second. Another Sorella, Julia Bryant, rounded out the podium. Michael Packard took the win in the Men’s Cat. 5. Drew Jordan (ACC) and David O’Rear were second and third. Micah Milne (Finish Strong) won the Junior 15-18 category.

In the Women’s 1/2/3 race Peachtree Bikes teammates Paula Burks and Shannon Greenhill , Kim Blodgett, and Trudi Franzel (Global Bikes) took off and stayed together for several laps. The lead switched up with everyone taking point at least once. On the final lap, Paula took off and left everyone in her wake and showing why she’s such a strong racer. Keeping the podium in the family, Shannon finished slightly ahead of Trudi to take second. The Men’s Cat. 4 race saw Jason Wolfe (Outspokin-Woodstock) take the win. Todd Steigerwait (Atlanta Cycling) and Devin Vernick (L5 Flyers) rounded out the podium.

The Men’sPro/1/2 race has been a tight battle all year. Frank Trevieso (UHC/706 Project) took the early lead. He was pursued by rivals Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) and Artur Sagat (Round Here Racing). Behind them were the top two from the Masters 35+ race, Tim Barrett and Chris Wyatt. Not wanting to be upstaged by the top 3, Tim and Chris rode the ditch and did not slow down one bit. Frank’s lead wavered between 10 and 20 seconds most of the race. Nick and Artur would get within a few seconds, and Frank would open the gap back up. Ultimately, he came down the finish straight by himself to retain the series lead. Artur was second with Nick in third. In the Men’s CX3, Loose Nuts cycling took 3 of the top 4 spots. Eric Kirk won over teammate Matthew Reeves. Josh Jackson (OutspokinAugusta) was third. LNC rider Kinzer Hewitt was fourth.