August 29, 2010

Chris Thater Criterium, August 29

Greg, Vince, Kirk and I made the trip east to Binghamton, NY for the last NRC criterium of the year.  The course is a 2 km lap around a city park with a good hill and two tight downhill turns.  The race was dominated by tactics between United Healthcare, Fly V Australia and Jamis Sutter Home, all who had full 8 rider teams. We tried to put a rider in the promising breakaways, especially in the second half of the race.  Kirk was in an 11 rider break that got brought back inside of two laps to go.  I fought for the wheels in the sprint and ended up 13th, happy to make it through a chaotic last lap rubber side down.

-Paul Martin