Page Vally Road Race

Yesterday I raced in the Page Valley Road Race in Stanley, VA. This is the course that they hold the Virginia State RR championships. They had all the masters racers in one field, so all the M35+, M45+, and M55+ raced together. There were a total of 40 in our combined field. The conditions were low winds, overcast, and a light rain for the entire race.
Needless to say racing against some guys that were more than three decades younger was a daunting challenge … and, one that I wasn’t up for!! I stayed with the main group for one lap of the 11 mile course, but that was the last I saw of the speedy guys! There were several crushing climbs that were fairly long and went from about 7% to one that was 12%. This was more climbing than was advertised and I probably wouldn’t have driven the 2.5 hours to get to the race had I known … you all know that I’m not much of a climber. To make a long story short, I was able to come in 6th out of the 12 in the M55+ field and was able to beat the two other guys that were M65+. Competing against such a tough field does have one advantage … USA Cycling points … I got the best (lowest) points ever for a race for me 347. This pushed me to embarrassing heights in their ranking systems for the Road Race … 2nd out of 159 in the country in M65+… not sure they know what they’re doing in the way they handle this ranking system!
I may try to squeeze in a crit, before we give up our babysitting gig and return to AZ in September …
Another perk in racing back east is they took a ton of pictures and they are available free to all racers. See the one below of me starting the struggle up one of the climbs!Doug (The Wheelman … wish I had my Enve’s or Zipps with me!)

Three Bears TT #1

Once again anything can happen. My body was ready for this. I had my video camera on my bike and of course the first thing I did was find my turn around blooper, not funny! I went to the finish line to let them know to train their dudes to pay attention, very nicely of course cause we make mistakes, so that’s when he said he will adjust my time. Ok cool I didn’t expect that so I thanked him, then  he said 10sec. Shit man if your adjust be realistic on how long it takes to do a loop in the middle of a hard TT. But I’m happy, I’m healthy, clean and doing this shit again in a couple of weeks.
Always great to see every one out  and Horn on a TT bike, scary! Feed back on the Osymetric ring dude.
Lelond thanx for making the trip, and showing me how to LockOn.
Thanks Richard, for the results and providing the shade…
Good times and good times everybody…I blew my left butt cheek out trying to get comfortable on my TT bike.
Thanks Gus for shaming me into doing it…BTW everybody, they gave Gus a ten second bonus for messing his turnaround…..shoulda been more like 30-40 seconds. Bottom line is, he was flying, and he was LOCKedON!
Hope you mountain goats flattened Lemmon today, and flew the flames proudly.
Tim, I think you averaged 24.99999 miles an hour…you shouldn’t have burped halfway through…haha.
Way to crack the magical 25 mph barrier Richard!
Kerry, are you sure you’re new to this game? Your time indicates you still have lots of residual strength from your ‘Haliburton Hockey School’ days! And being on an exotic bike probably didn’t hurt either….great showing.
See y’all next time around,
Aggress results:

Kerry McLaughin 5th place Cat5 53:04
Gus Amado 5th place Cat4 47:35
  (officials accidentally had him turn at the 20K turnaround)
Michael Lalonde 3rd place M 55+ 46:07
Tim Scott 1st place M 40+ 45:08
Rich Horn 1st place Cat-3 44:25

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    Aggress is a Tucson-based statewide / regional cycling team formed in January, 2004.
    As a developmental team for both road and mountain bike racing, Aggress continues to actively – yet carefully – recruit according to a philosophy that emphasizes teamwork in both training and racing tactics.
    Our focus is to race as a team, utilizing team tactics to get our man the win. We ride in support of our designated racer, with each member in turn supported in the key event(s) of his choosing.
    We are aggressive when we race, but we behave in a courteous and sportsmanlike manner at all times. We also have team training rides that we utilize throughout the season.