Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Union Velo presented by RINET Company mountain bike team kicks off the 2008 season.

Saturday saw the first round of the Root 66 Mountain Bike Series. Judging by the turnout it looked like most folks thought that the weather was going to make racing to much for some. Hey, this is mountain biking, bring on the rain.

The weather turned out to be fantastic, 75 sunny degrees. Some new faces showed up in new categories and the Union Velo presented by RINET Co. Team had a good day.

In the Expert class J.C. gave it a shot in the ultra competitive (stupid fast) Expert Single Speed class and came away with a decent 5th place finish. This was a 20+ mile race!!! 

Ray Martin moved up to the 50+ plus Experts and placed a solid 5th behind Schachte’s 4th place spot. Schachte was again aboard the Single Speed going against the multi-geared machines. 

Susan Lynch came away with a great 2nd place finish. She has not lost anything over the winter, thanks to visiting the gym before 3 hour mountain bike rides.

Sports went out later and Cheryl, (give me pain) Payne picked up right off were she left off last year with the top spot. And she was sick most of the year!!!!!!!!

New teammates Craig Mello, long time Union Cycle customer/ fine bike collector, placed an excellent 3rd in the 40-49 aboard his Superfly new machine and newbie, Tate Colbert came in 5th in his Sport debut with the juniors. Nice job men!

The first race was a success, everyone finished in the top 5 and had a great day. Looks like we will have a very promising season. Watch out for some more new racers in the coming races. Our next race for everyone will be Winsted Woods on Sunday April 20th.

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