Mar 22, 2012

BATTLE FOR DALTON Weekend Wrap Up and Thank You

The Dalton State Cycling Team is thrilled to have hosted the “Battle for Dalton” weekend. The weather cleared just in time Saturday morning for a great ITT/TTT. Later that afternoon we had beautiful sun with warm but not too warm temperatures. Sunday's road race went just as well with great weather and happy racers.

(Mars Hill looking happy)
The team itself had one of its best weekends. Home field advantage or just dedicated riding and training? We think the later. All team members rolled out Sunday on the Team Time Trial. The TTT went well and the team placed 2nd.
(Lees McRae Women TTT start)
The challenging, rolling circuit race was a test of every rider. We may have designed the course but it certainly did not make it any easier to race on. In the “C” group Julian Zehr and Ethan Williams raced well. Zehr came in 3rd. Williams rode well but fell off after not feeling well. In the “B” race Nolan Wehr set out to help Ethan Zehr solidify his lead in the overall yearly rankings for “B”. Zehr raced very smart, fought for positions against more dominate teams. Zehr kept his position and finished very well in 3rd. Wehr tried his best to help Zehr, bringing back a breakaway, and finished 9th.
(Lees McRae leading an attack)
Sunday's road race treated everyone well. Williams and Zehr played the team card dominating the entire race. Williams returned well from his previous injury and finished top ten, in 8th. In the “B” road race Zehr and Wehr focused on team tactics again. Zehr was again riding a fine race with Wehr helping out when he could to protect the team leader. In the sprint finish Zehr flew to the finish just barely missing 1st and claiming impressive 2nd.

(The invaluable: Jack Tomassetti, Offical John Karr, and David Randolph)
The Team was so pleased with the turn out of this weekend. We had so much help from out fantastic Officials: Anthony Carrel, Leon Storm, and John Karr. The super-professional duo from Florida State, Jack Tomassetti and Gabriel Suarez, who ran a great chip-timing system that made race results so easy.
The team's faculty adviser Dr. Gonzalez went above and beyond his duty to help out in every possible fashion this weekend. We simply could not have done it without his help.
The parents of the Zehr's and Williams' were also vital to the success of the weekend. From getting toilet paper to driving the wheel truck to being our best cheering section there was no task they weren't eager to help with.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out - Dr. Gonzalez math class, Matt Smith, Nick Frazier, David Randolph, Lt. Rollins and the Whitfield Co. Sheriff Dept; Sgt. Lopez and the Cohutta Police Dept.
There are so many people vital to helping run a cycling race. We appreciate each person who volunteered – we were successful because of you. Thank You.
(Dr. Gonzalez, Wehr, Williams, E. Zehr, J. Zehr, Coach & Offical Leon Storm)

Mar 15, 2012

Battle for Dalton Info

SECCC,


This weekend for Chip timing, we will have one point of contact per team (president, team captain, etc.) to use their credit card as collateral for the chips each team will rent.  So, bring your card to registration. 

We will be selling T-Shirts for $3 each and locally made coffee for 50 cents a cup.

Saturday and Sunday according to Weather.com are ~80 F for the high and in the mid-50s for the low with 20% chance of rain.  Perfect weather for racing.

So, if you haven't preregistered yet, do so here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dENrY1lZS1VmbmJicnV6ZEpIUmF3X0E6MA#gid=0
to avoid the late fee.

Mar 5, 2012

"Battle for Dalton" Article

A great newspaper article about the upcoming "Battle for Dalton" race.


http://daltondailycitizen.com/sports/x1511866350/Cycling-On-the-map

Mar 4, 2012

Cumberland


(Riders on the storm)

The Cumberland weekend was a weekend of adventure for the Dalton State Cycling Team. The trip up to Cumberland was interrupted once by reports of a nearby tornado. Arriving later that afternoon at the hotel the team went for an easy ride. The ride soon turned ominous as yet another storm was tracking straight for the team's location. The team arrived back and hotel in time to huddle in the stairwell as the day's second tornado sent wind and hail but thankfully no damage.

Saturday morning began with clear skies and great weather for the Individual Time-Trail. Ethan Zehr and Nolan Wehr participated in the "B" Category TT. Zehr placed 3rd and Wehr placed 2nd. Later in the day the challenging Road Race began. Zehr rode well on a course with undulating terrain and a series of vicious attacks to place in the top ten.

Sunday was more racing with a challenging yet fun crit course. A brisk wind out the north blasted riders on the back stretch. The "B's" raced off the line for 45 minutes. Zehr, again, had another great top-ten finish with 6th place in the sprint.

Later that afternoon, a bonus-round, training crit was offered to all riders. Zehr, on his fourth race of the weekend, played it smart, stayed safe, and again(!) had an excellent top-ten finish in the 1/2/3 race with 8th overall and 2nd in the Cat 3 group. Wehr rode the Cat 4 group and held a solo break-away for multiple laps until the peloton reeled him back in. Wehr finished 7th.


(Warm-up ride with a friendly neighborhood dog)

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