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The week that was in Racing (June 7-11)

Following a week that saw Patrick Russell take possession of the Orange leaders jersey for the first time this season at the Robert Brisson race, only to surrender it by races end due to personal race mismanagement, there are much better news to be reported.  Before the start of the 4th race in the Brisson series, Patrick Russell was called to the line to accept the Green sprinters jersey.  Due to a solid effort by teammates David May, Brian Seltman, Andrew McWhirter and Rod Matheson, Patrick was able to take 2nd and 3rd in the intermediate sprints, as well finish 5th overall, being the first Master to the line.   Some quick math reveals that for the 5th race in the series, the Synergy Cycle-RIIR team will once again have a rider called to the line to again accept the Orange leaders jersey.
The weekend also saw race action worthy of reporting.  In preparation for La Coupe des Ameriques next month, David, Andrew, JF and Hugo headed South of the border for the Wilmington-Whiteface RR.  Dave fought out of the pack to a 12th place finish, after missing the winning break of 4 riders, with Andrew crossing the line less than a minute behind Dave.
Meanwhile, in a land far, far away, myself And Rod lined up for the start of the GP Pont-Rouge.  Rotten luck saw Rod flat out of the race somewhere on the second lap, seemingly repeating my misfortune from the previous years edition.  I, fortunately  did not suffer a similar fate this time around.  After initiating a break with about 4km left to go in the 4th lap, we were quickly reeled in by the end of the lap by a hard charging pack, headed by Francois Doyon, wearing the Maglia Rosa.  About 4km later, until the end of the fourth lap, myself and 4 other riders attacked about 5km into the final lap, and held off the pack to go to the finish line almost a full minute ahead.
A victory would have been an oh-so sweet way to cap off a successful week of racing, but my 2nd place finish behind a deserving Michel Deschamps left me with a big smile as I elicited a modest pump of the fist as I crossed the line for the Silver medal position.
-Patrick Russell

Following a week that saw Patrick Russell take possession of the Orange leaders jersey for the first time this season at the Robert Brisson race, only to surrender it by races end due to personal race mismanagement, there are much better news to be reported.  Before the start of the 4th race in the Brisson series, Patrick Russell was called to the line to accept the Green sprinters jersey.  Due to a solid effort by teammates David May, Brian Seltman, Andrew McWhirter and Rod Matheson, Patrick was able to take 2nd and 3rd in the intermediate sprints, as well finish 5th overall, being the first Master to the line.   Some quick math reveals that for the 5th race in the series, the Synergy Cycle-RIIR team will once again have a rider called to the line to again accept the Orange leaders jersey.
The weekend also saw race action worthy of reporting.  In preparation for La Coupe des Ameriques next month, David, Andrew, JF and Hugo headed South of the border for the Wilmington-Whiteface RR.  Dave fought out of the pack to a 12th place finish, after missing the winning break of 4 riders, with Andrew crossing the line less than a minute behind Dave.
Meanwhile, in a land far, far away, myself And Rod lined up for the start of the GP Pont-Rouge.  Rotten luck saw Rod flat out of the race somewhere on the second lap, seemingly repeating my misfortune from the previous years edition.  I, fortunately  did not suffer a similar fate this time around.  After initiating a break with about 4km left to go in the 4th lap, we were quickly reeled in by the end of the lap by a hard charging pack, headed by Francois Doyon, wearing the Maglia Rosa.  About 4km later, until the end of the fourth lap, myself and 4 other riders attacked about 5km into the final lap, and held off the pack to go to the finish line almost a full minute ahead.
A victory would have been an oh-so sweet way to cap off a successful week of racing, but my 2nd place finish behind a deserving Michel Deschamps left me with a big smile as I elicited a modest pump of the fist as I crossed the line for the Silver medal position.
-Patrick Russell

Robert Brisson Race Report June 3

The boys of RIIR lined up for the 3rd race in Mercier in a damp spitting rain on the 3rd of June. Pat Russell in the leader’s jersey led the group out on the damp course. Due to the sprinting primes on the 1st lap, the pace was fast and furious with cycling computers hitting the high 50’s! The Cat 1 kids soon took off and launched the first break of the day. After hanging the Cat 1’s out for a bit the group decided to chase and within in a couple of minutes the group was back together. The next to go was the yellow jersey with a couple of riders. The RIIR team covered well and the escape was brief. The group stayed together for the 3rd sprint of the day with Pat Russell placing in the top 10. The group kept the pace fast after the sprint and the yellow jersey was again attacking with about 5 to 7 riders. Placement was as follows: the escape group, Pat Russell and David May a short distance behind and then the main field. With the escape gaining time the RIIR boys attached hard and rejoined the escape group a short time later. The 4th lap saw the yellow jersey attacking again with the RIIR boys covering well. In the final lap the yellow jersey attacked once again. With 5km to go the escape group of 7 had 45 seconds on the main field. The order was made to go and catch the group so the RIIR boys got on the front of the main field and reeled in the break about 2 km from the finish. With the break reeled in, the group came in together with no one being able to make a clear break. Pat Russell placed in the top 15 and thus keeps the leaders jersey for another week. What a race!

Brian Seltmann

Like a kid at the amusement park

On Wednesday this week I thought I’d try out the local masters criterium series in the Montreal area. For the past years it was held in an industrial area but this year it has been moved to a public park on a 760 meter path! Typically the attendance of this weekly race was 100+ racers in the past. I just couldn’t imagine 100 people doing a criterium on a 760 meter path. And that race, like most races, is notorious for early season crashes. I waited a few weeks, and noticed the field was more like 40 racers.

So I did show up, after a nice scenic warmup ride on Levesque boulevard in eastern Laval. Before the race I’m doing a few laps with long time racer and friend Eric Vani. He goes to me “I’ll feel like a kid again”. Indeed it’s the kind of thing you do as a foolish kid, whizzing around in a pack inside a public park @ 45 km/hour.

The race started and I did feel like a kid at the amusement park. Fast pace, and never ending cornering. I think we spent more time cornering than on the straightaways. It makes for a pretty intense and active race. My form was good, I attacked quite a few times and felt comfortable moving around the pack even on such a tight course. After seeing that nothing was going to stick, my plan was to give it a last desperate attack 2-3 laps before the end. I didn’t check the loop counter properly, and I ended waiting until the bell lap. Oh well, I still went all out giving Dominic Chalifoux and Martin Rooseboom a leadout for the last 500 meters.

Unlike the bumping cars at the amusement park where rubbing shoulders is fun, in the last 50 meters shoulder bumping caused a not so enjoyable crash. Luckily for me, my final effort was already over so I didn’t get to experience that.

Michel Brazeau
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