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

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