PJ FTW!!!

Frederick the Great of Prussia has been quoted as saying “l’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace” which translates to “boldness, boldness, in all things boldness.”  As hoped, neh, believed, one of District Velocity Racing’s newest additions Patrick Jarenwattananon a/k/a/ PJ, soundly accepted that mantra and with boldness befitting Frederick himself,  took the win this past weekend in Morgantown, WV.

The first time one toes the start line in a race is such an auspicious moment.  Even for the veterans of the sport, the start line still provide a certain degree of anxious energy;  so much anticipation, so many nerves, so much uncertainty, the magnitude of the unknown but anticipated still awaiting you.  It is a new beginning and a new opportunity each time your front tire crosses it.  For PJ, Morgantown 2013 Cat 5 was the first time he lined up to do battle for the blue and white armada and the first time he started a road race.  When the day was over and the bills were paid in sweat and pain, only PJ remained . . . the sole victor.

Victory!!!

Victory!!!

For those who have never made the voyage to MABRA’s western neighbor, the Morgantown road race is a marvel.  A point-to-point single loop race.  Rollers, winding roads and three challenging climbs awaited PJ’s field.  PJ, fresh off his phenomenal performance at the Raw Talent Ranch a few miles away in Mathias, WV, set out on the first of those climbs to distinguish himself.  A fury of tempo left the field in disarray.  Over the crest a group of ten or so formed and built up a solid lead on the field.

The second climb of the day proved less decisive but then the third climb, a kilometer or so of a wall, shattered the remnants of the leaders.  PJ crested the top of the climb, like a gazelle possessed with the spirit of a cheetah, solo.  Of the ten guys who once formed the lead group, PJ and eventually one other brave companion joined forces for the approximately 10 km dash to the end.

The finale of the race is atop a short steep rise.  The two-man breakaway that formed from the lead group worked well, taking equal pulls to the base of this climb.  PJ found a way to stay sheltered in the draft of his companion into the base; but then with the last once of force that he could muster from legs, like steel forged in the furnaces of Smoke Hollow, he sprinted past his companion for the line and claimed his first victory.  It was definitely a proud day for all of us.

PJ atop the podium at Morgantown

PJ atop the podium at Morgantown

Grayson Church and David Bender also added another pair of top tens to their growing resumes in the Cat 3 and 4 fields respectively.  Big things on the horizon for them all.  Next up– THE Jefferson Cup.

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