June 14, 2010 on 10:23 am | In Sponsorship, TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Thanks to Victor Riquelme of TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing for this great race report from the weekend!
We sent Peter Brown, Justin Orkney, and Victor Riquelme to Flagstaff this weekend for the Single Track Omnium, which included a mass start Hillclimb on Saturday morning, a flat Circuit Race the same evening, and a grueling local classic, the Wupatki Road Race, on Sunday.
The Snow Bowl Hillclimb opened up the weekend, with 2000 feet of vertical gain over 6.5 miles and temperatures in the 30’s at the start line. The race proved selective, with David Glick(Rideclean) and retired local legend Drew Miller(unattached) going clear of the field and fighting for the top spots on the podium. Glick took the victory, and an early lead in the omnium.
The evening Foxboro Ranch Circuit Race was a flat course, with 4 corners and 2 wooden bridge crossings in each of fifteen 1.8 mile laps. Peter Brown(TriSports/Eclipse) attacked off of the start line, launching himself onto a solo breakaway that lasted until midway through the race. After another flurry of attacks Peter was off the front again, but again the peloton brought him back in.
As Peter was caught Justin Orkney(TriSports/Eclipse) launched himself off the front of the main field, and was quickly joined by Jesse Robles(Bicycle Haus), Cody Hall(Bicycle Haus), and Rafe Allen(Vegas Velo). The peloton could not bring them back, and Justin used the technical nature of the finish to attack his breakaway companions with 500 meters to go. He came across the line in first, in what was a very close finish.
The battle was on for omnium points behind. Drew Miller (unattached), JR Grabinger(Pista Palace), and David Glick(Rideclean), came unglued from the front of the peloton during last lap of the race, with Glick winning that fight for 4th and maintaining his lead in the omnium.
Sunday had the Wupatki Road Race in store, with 72 miles of customary crosswinds and an uphill finish after over 2,000 feet of climbing in the final 20 miles. An early break formed in the first 10 miles, with 3 riders – Justin Orkney(TriSports/Eclipse), Eric Salstrand(Bicycle Haus), and a currently unidentified rider(sorry).
Peter Brown and Victor Riquelme began to put pressure on the peloton in the crosswinds and rollers, and with 20 miles remaining in the race Victor Riquelme was solo in no-mans land attempting to cross the 3 minute gap to the leading breakaway. On the climb up Sunset Crater towards the finish he passed the shattered remnants of the leading group, and was riding solo to the finish in 2nd, with Eric Salstrand (the lone survivor from the early break) still up the road and leading the race.
Just half a mile from the top of the climb Riquelme (TriSports/Eclipse) was caught by Drew Miller(unattached) and David Glick(Rideclean), who were once again shadowboxing for the omnium. He couldn’t hold on to their pace, and was relegated to sprint for 4th after dropping and being caught by a small chasing group containing JR Grabinger(Pista Palace) and Travis Waldron(Bicycle Haus). Eric Salstrand(Bicycle Haus) stayed away after spending all day off the front and won the race, with David Glick securing the omnium by beating Drew Miller in the sprint for 2nd.