Apr 28, 2012


The Dalton State Cycling team ended its road season this past weekend in Brevard, NC. 

The Brevard weekend found Nolan Wehr and Ethan Williams in attendance as the Zehr's were not able to race. Wehr and Williams entered the weekend excited and ready to race. Williams raced one of his best TT's of the season and placed 3rd against strong competition on a very challenging, long and hilly course. Wehr also faced the same dreaded course placing an eternal 2nd against his determined competitor. The road race and the criterium were not as successful as injuries and a long-season took its toll. Overall the weekend was great racing fun and beautifully challenging.

The season as a whole was a dramatic success. The team was able not only able to have very fine results but was also has able to foster the growth of its riders.

Ethan “Blackhawk” Williams was a new rider and racing member for this season. Starting from scratch he gained fitness and experience at a remarkable pace. Blackhawk won the early season “D's” races with bold ease allowing a quick upgrade into the “C” category. He convincingly won the conference category D overall. He was also able to secure a top half finish in category “C” after upgrading during the season.

Ethan “Uno” Zehr furthered his racing credentials with ferocious competition for the B conference overall win. Uno's season was one of great results with a slew of top 5's and many top 3 finishes. Although UNO was unable to compete the final weekend he still held enough of an advantage to win 3rd overall in the B category.

 (Photo: Tom Reed)
 Julian “Big Diesel” Zehr joined his fellow compatriots halfway through the season due an early season injury. Once the diesel got started he was hard to slow down. Initially Big D helped Blackhawk in the “C” field but soon upgraded to “B's” to help UNO for the conference win. Big D was still able to gain enough points to finish in the top half of the B field. Big D worked hard to help bring the win for UNO and at the same time having great results for himself in the Time Trials. 

 (Photo: Tom Reed)
Nolan “Godfather” Wehr gained much needed guidance from his fellow teammates and learned how to be a better racer and overall bike rider. He started the season in the “C” field still learning the trade and had some decent results. Halfway through the season he joined UNO in the “B” field to gain more experience and help his teammate during the race. Wehr placed in the top ten of the “C” field and in the top half of the “B” field. 

 (Photo: Tom Reed)
The team also includes those who don't race. The team coach Leon Storm was always available to help with specific exercise drills, motor-pacing, and guidance. He put in his time and expertise for us, asking little in return. The faculty adviser Dr. Gonzalez helped us host a first-class race and was a staunch advocate for our success. And of course, all the parents – who likely barely understood this whole bike “thing” but were critical every pedal of the way.

The conference cumulative points results from the season:

Team Division II

Ethan Zehr:
3rd B

Julian Zehr:
31/66 - C
23/54 - B

Ethan Williams:
1/22 - D
24/66 - C

Nolan Wehr:
7/66 - C
17/54 - D

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