Apr 16, 2012

Clash at Clemson



Clemson weekend was a mixture of the highest delights and crumbling frustrations. The team was fully complimented by all members this weekend – Ethan Zehr, Julian Zehr, Ethan Williams, and Nolan Wehr.

When Saturday dawned early for the time trial it was all out war. Ethan Zehr, Julian, and Nolan all rode the “B” TT. The course graded downhill until the turnaround four miles later, then came the gradual climb back up to the finish. The rollers of the course were unforgiving as it tested and taxed the strongest riders. The TT win stayed elusive as again, the rider from King College took first, relegating Julian, Wehr, and Ethan to second through fourth respectively. Ethan Williams brought out the power and rode a strong TT finishing easily in the top five, although official results are not yet available.

After a brief respite from the TT the “B” racers lined up for their 40 mile road race. We conspired with our pals, Samuel Douglas and Dylan DeGraw from Furman University to help Ethan Zehr in his quest for the “B” conference win. The race started out easily enough with Dalton and Furman in complete control of the peloton. Half way through the race the attacks began and never ceased. The team rode hard to keep the peloton together for the sprint finish. As the finish drew near fatigued riders were shelled out the back. The sprint finish was a flurry of movement as Ethan sliced across the line in 6th.


In the “C” road race Ethan Williams lined up ready for a 20 mile race. Despite great conditioning and form in the recent weeks an old injury flared up to crimp his race before he had a chance to assert his strength. Williams never stopped and rode across the line finishing what he started and with his usual confidence and uplifting attitude.


Sunday brought Furman and Dalton State back together to tag-team the criterium race. The conference rival of Ethan, Drew - Georgia Southern, rode well and tested the team with repetitive attacks. After the previous days work in the road race tired legs could be felt all around. Keeping focused Ethan kept a good position in the final laps and finished 3rd in the sprint.

Williams choose not to risk further injury in the crit race and we look forward to watching his dominance next weekend.

The entire weekend demonstrated what a team is and how great teamwork can pull through on the most challenging courses and demanding competition. Whatever the team may have wanted in results we never lacked in trying our best collectively and unselfishly to reach our goals.

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