Race Report: Another Stellar Tour of Washington County

The Tour of Washington County just seems to suit District Velocity Racing p/b Bicycle Pro Shop. After a strong showing in a variety of fields in 2009, our strong Cat 4 squad showed up this past weekend feeling motivated and ready to do some damage.

After the prologue on Saturday morning, Grant emerged as our go-to guy, sitting in the Top 10 GC. He followed that up with a second-place in the road race that afternoon, pushing him into the top three. A solid time trial the next morning kept him on the podium; all the team had to do was keep him out of trouble during the Williamsport Crit.

They did more than that. From the gun, Chas, Tom, Matt, John and Rez launched a barrage of attacks that saw the field strung out and whittled down after only 10 laps. With a small and tired field to contend with, Grant sat in the top 10 wheels for the remainder of the race, content to protect his third place.

With five to go, Rez launched a bold solo attack, and the field couldn’t respond. A cross racer who just got back from three months of leading bike tours in Mallorca, Rez, who admits himself that he’s not much of a crit racer, powered to a strong and surprising victory almost 20 seconds ahead of the field. Back in the field, Tom took control and led the pack into the final turn, where Grant sprinted for second place and Tom held on for fourth.

With his own strong riding and the team’s concerted efforts, Grant remained on the podium for the 2011 ToWC Cat 4 GC.

In the 3/4 field, Grayson and I remained in the mix throughout the various stages against a tough field. Congratulations are certainly in order to the guys from Bike Doctor, who won Friday’s Hagerstown Twilight Crit and Sunday’s Williamsport Crit. They’re an impressive outfit of crit specialists, and this season has certainly shown that.

Also, a big and hearty salute is due to Joe Jefferson and all of the promoters, officials and volunteers that put on a full weekend of exciting racing. The Twilight Crit was a knock-out success, and the ToWC again proved to be both exhausting and exhilirating.

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