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)

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