Tim Gullickson and Michael Cudahy participated in this category from Team Velocause. Cudahy and Gullickson paired up early and moved to the front of the peloton. They took turns rotating within the top 10 for the entire race. On the final lap both men moved near the front, and were able to finish 14th and 20th.
Randy Scoville and Mike Froh were our two entries in this class. Both men worked together throughout the race to bring back attacks. Mike was near the front on the final lap and appeared to be in position for a podium if not the win, but the twisting front straight created a chaotic sprint. Mike finished in the Top 10, and Randy sat up when things got messy finishing in the middle of the pack.
Team Velocause had all of their top riders in the ultra competitive 1/2/3 race. Chai Kung (coming off of a win in Pleasant Prairie), Andy Feuersthaler, Benny Smith, McGee Young, Tom Felton, Mike Froh, Ryan White, and Scotty Mullins (who was competing in this class for his first time). This class was the largest field of the day (67 riders), and stacked with all of the fastest Masters racers in WI and IL.
The race started off with constant attacks, and that theme carried on throughout the 60 minute affair. Velocause riders Felton, Feuersthaler, Smith, White and Kung were all in breaks at some point during the race. Every time someone attacked Velocause had one of their riders on it. The team rode very well as a group.
Halfway through the race, an rider rode off course, and slammed down when he was attempting to re-enter from grass to asphalt. That crash unfortunately happened right in front of McGee, causing him to flip over the bars, and rough himself up pretty good. There were 7 riders that got collected in that mishap. Fortunately McGee is fine (road rash, broken bars and wheel), and will be racing this weekend.
The winning break had 11 riders in it including Feuersthaler and Kung. That break worked together the final 8 laps to keep the field away. On the final lap some of the veteran racers from opposing teams refused to take pulls. That lead to a track start like standoff for the final few corners. No one wanted to lead out the sprint. Finally someone went, and all 11 riders were bumping for position through the twisting final 200 meters. Not risking it all Kung and Feuersthaler sprinted to 4th and 6th respectively. Ryan White nearly won the field sprint, and the rest of the team finished comfortably within the peloton.
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