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Vision Wheel & Sprocket WORS #2 Iola Bump & Jump: May 21, 2017

As the 2nd race in the WORS circuit this year, Iola still brought fast paced fun as it has for many years.  Promising quick single track, repeated climbs and a slight modification to the Bowl – rain didn’t prevent this year’s event from having another high turnout.  Vision racers had a great showing and we’re looking forward to a season full of results like these!

Junior Results

  • Brianna Fletcher 3rd in age group AND 3rd overall!
  • Abby Johnson 4th in age group for AND 12th overall
  • Joshua Wardle 4rd in age group AND 36th overall

Vision’s Jr. Elite, Elijah Johnson recalls his win

  • Elijah Johnson 1st overall for Junior Elites!

Category 2 and 3 Results

  • Asa Guerra 4th in age group AND 10th overall for Cat 3 Females
  • Lucas Fletcher 20th in age group AND 79th overall for Cat 3 Males
  • Isacc Johnson 5th in age group AND 27th overall for Cat 3 Males
  • Dean Wardle 1st in age group AND 1st overall for Cat 3 Males!
  • Leah Fletcher 1st in age group AND 1st overall for Cat 2 Females!
  • Todd Fletcher 2nd in age group AND 49th overall for Cat 2 Sport Males!

Elite Team Results

Pro Nathan Guerra finished strong and took 1st overall for the Elite men field. Watch below for an after race recap:

Lindsay Guerra also brought home a podium finish by taking 2nd overall for Elite women. See as she comments on her race:

Brian Paterson pulled out a 3rd place on the podium in the Elite male 30-39 age group with an Elite overall of 26th in a very deep field.

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  • Matt Paterson 12th in Elite male 19-29 age group AND 41st overall!

We look forward to seeing you all at the Battle of CamRock!

Elijah Johnson- WORS #2 Iola Bump & Jump- May 21, 2017

The race day began with a pre-ride beginning at about 7:45 a.m.  I pre-rode the course on Sunday morning at an easy pace since it had been closed on Saturday because of the weather.  When I arrived back at our camper, I ate a breakfast of oatmeal and cleaned my bike.  The Junior race began at 9:30, so I rode over to watch it start.  I then returned to the camper to eat and finish getting my bike in racing condition.  From there, I had a perfect view of the course and watched both the Junior and Citizen race.

 At the start of the Sport race, I went over to the bowl to see how the new course design worked when a large group went through it.  After that, I returned to our camper and got ready for the race.  At 12:40, I went out to begin my warm up which lasted until 1:15.  Then I spun over to the start line to line up for the race.  I arrived just in time.  At this race, I began in about the 4th row since Cat 1 Juniors do not get a call up.  The race started at 1:30.  My start was not the best since my foot did not clip in on the first try which almost made me crash.  I recovered quickly and made up the second I lost on the hills soon after.  I was able to pass a few people while climbing out of the bowl.

The race was going well until I crashed.  There was a downhill corner with loose dirt which was about 2 miles out.  My front tire lost traction, and I slid out.  We were still in a close group, so I got passed by a few people there.  Soon we had another section of double track, so I made up the time I had lost in the crash.  There were some muddy spots which followed.  I was able to make it through all of them on the first lap.

As I completed the first lap, I was in first place for all Cat 1 Junior racers.  My Dad told me I had about 13 seconds over the next Cat 1 Junior.  I continued to go at a fast pace in which my heart rate was about 183 in the double track and a bit lower in the single track.  The second lap went smoothly with no crashes.  I continued to do my best to hold with the riders I was around.  The course was quite slippery in some spots now since so many riders had gone through.  It was still quite wet from the rain on Saturday.  I continued to lengthen the gap between me and second place.

At the completion of the second lap, I was both half way done and had a 45 second lead on those in my category.  On the 3rd lap, I had no crashes or times I had to dismount.  By this time, I could begin to feel that my legs were beginning to tire out.  I kept up a moderately fast pace which I could keep up for the remainder of the race.  Near the end of the lap, I began to pass some of the Comp women.

As I began the final lap, I chose to sit down while climbing to the top of the hill instead of standing up and pushing hard.  I took my 3rd hand off from my Grandpa while I climbed out of the bowl.  I passed a handful of riders during this lap.  On one of the climbs, I chose to jump off of my bike and run up since it was very muddy and running uses slightly different muscles than biking.  I continued to keep a moderately fast pace until the last mile where I went pretty hard.  When I came out to the finish, I picked up the pace to a near all out sprint for the remaining 100 or so yards.  Upon finishing, I mixed up a recovery drink and rode around for a while.  Overall, it went well and Coach Nathan’s training has been working great.

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Quentin Lafaye – “Back on the road” May 14th

Hey team ! It’s road race report time !

For those who don’t know me yet, I’m Quentin, 25 yo from western France. I race 3rd category on the road and have been for the past 10 years or so. I race for a local team called “VC Châteaulin”, in the land where Cycling is king : Brittany.

First off, little situation : it was my 5th road race of the season, last one being 1st of May, and the one before back in March. I came back from 2 days of work the day before at 11pm, so… not the best prep’.

Race data : 90km, 1400m eg, 25 laps of 3-4km with a 1ish-km climb each lap.

I actually “raced” for the first time in a very long time, going into breaks and putting down some watts (5 times 950+), so I was pretty happy with that. Hung on to the pack for 21 of 25 laps, and had no more fuel after 2 hours… In my defense, it was the first time I raced for 2 hours since “the injury” (right knee tendinitis), back in september.

So yeah, quite happy with that, and let’s hope better things are to come.

Strava link HERE.

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