Lynn spent the majority of the race off the front, digging deep for the win
Colton Keeler – Fixie 1st
Lynn Orchard – Master Men 45+ 1st [his synopsis below]
Alex Garcia – Master Men 45+ 6
Marco Valente – Men 3/4 – 14th
Evan Robold – Men 4/5 – 10th
Robert Lee – Master Men 35+ 3rd
Alex Garcia – Master Men 45+ 17th
Lynn at the front, pre-attack and solo win
Masters 4/5 45+ race synopsis:
I had a great first race of the season and can attribute my success to the amount of team support that comes from being a part of Tolero Racing. Alex Garcia and I rolled to the start of a very soggy and cold Masters 4/5 45+ race. To begin with it is good to have a teammate in the race and when I saw that none of the other teams had multiple racers, I knew things were going to be a bit easier for us. After the first prime about 5 minutes into the race I accelerated off the front and opened a gap. Alex helped to control the tempo in the group and by the time a chase finally got organized the gap was 25 seconds. By helping to hold off the chase Alex essentially sacrificed a good result in the race. Its not a glamorous job but his team focus helped establish the winning move and deserves recognition. At 10 minutes in I felt strong and was hopeful to stay away. At 20 minutes with two men chasing in earnest, my heart rate pegged in the red, and the gap down to 15 seconds I started to get very worried that my solo break was going to get shut down in the final minutes. Fortunately for me and unfortunately for the chasers I had Tolero teammates on 3 of the 4 corners calling out the time gaps and reminding me to stop looking over my shoulder and to keep working. With their help I could measure out my effort… when the chase accelerated, thanks to my team, I was immediately aware of it and could dig a bit deeper to keep them at bay. In the final laps one of the chasers attacked and closed to 4 or 5 seconds. I wasn’t looking back and didn’t see him coming. Without the warning shouts from Andrea on the final corner, I am pretty sure he would have closed the gap and caught me at the line. But thanks again to the team, I held him off and got the win. In retrospect I know that without a doubt the difference between winning and the disappointment of getting caught at the end was my team. Thanks Alex, Alan, Mike, Andrea, Robert and Marco!
Alex after doing his job of holding the job at bay, killing it in the rain
Thanks to the always gracious Ralph Phillips and FairWheel bikes for the continued support of Tolero Racing!
Evan Robold pulled off a 3rd place podium finish in the first Avondale Crit of 2015. Congratulations and kudos for the great start of the year.
3rd place finish in the Avondale Crit Cat4
The race will be Saturday, February 21 at Casas Church, 10801 N La Cholla Blvd, Oro Valley Arizona 85742 and we will be partnering with GST to put on a great race on one of the more entertaining courses in town. Check out the info on our race page or register at bikereg.com/tolerocrit
While many people are enjoying the holidays and quite possibly a few too many delicious desserts, we are enjoying our deserts while putting in the workouts for a great season that is rapidly approaching.
In the small teams competition, Tolero Racing did very well, finishing 3rd out of 28 with 1031 points. Individually, Kimberly Lucie finished in 6th for Senior Women 1-2, Nate Davis was 11th in Senior Men 1, Adam Bryfogle took second in Mens 2 and Colton Keeler was 8th in Mens 4-5.
Not a bad haul for the year – congrats to everyone involved!
Our host went MIA so we are rebuilding the site. Expect images and results to reappear soon.
Another weekend of great result for Tolero:
Colton [Joseph] Keeler took 1st in Cat 5
Trent Bryfogle took 2nd in Cat 4
Adam Bryfogle took 3rd in Cat 2/3
And racing together in Cat 3/4, Trent picked up 2nd and Adam 10th
Kimberly Lucie finished atop the podium out of a field of 23 in Cat 3/4. It looks as if her finishing sprint killed it.
Trent picked up a 3rd place in Cat 3 and his brother Adam in 9th, then both raced later in the day in Pro/1/2/3 and picked up 4th and 5th.
Damon and Colton went for a successful photo opportunity, with Colton picking up 2nd in 5s. Still waiting to hear what the story was, as well as from all of Tolero. Zoom zoom!
[more photos coming]
Congratulations to Trenton Bryfogle with 3rd in Cat4, and to his brother Adam placing 4th in 2/3/4.
Of course, they both entered two races and Trenton followed with a 7th in 2/3/4 [just behind his brother] and Adam a more than respectable 9th in Pro 1/2/3. Sorry but no, they are not related to the Manning brothers or the Williams sisters.
“The 1/2/3 was full of attacks and organization. A couple attempts at break away with Nate proved to be unsuccessful as we were eventually reeled in by Landis and Tribe multi sport. I sat in after taking a prime only to watch a break away form shortly after. On the last lap, a rider sitting at about 8th wheel went down after turn three. I was able maneuver around the accident and grab fifth for the field sprint, taking ninth over all.” – Adam
Kudos to Colton Keeler on his first race with Tolero, taking 2nd in Cat5. His description of the race:
“Took 2nd out of a field of 58! Pretty much responded to every attack, and sat in the front of the field, doing work for the first half of race, Prime lap came about for the cash, and got money hungry! Who doesn’t like cash, attacked just after turn 2, made a pretty decent gap. 5 laps to go, I sat in waiting for attacks! 2 laps to go, the field goes crazy! Set myself up in a good position for the 2nd to last turn and just drilled it, resulting in my 2nd place finish!” – Colton
Yes, you can feel the excitement over here at Tolero Racing!